Plea for collectors to support town's air show

A collector at Sidmouth's Red Arrows display in 2017

A collector at Sidmouth's Red Arrows display in 2017 - Credit: Alex Walton

Volunteer cash collectors are needed to help make this year’s Sidmouth Air Show a roaring success.

The event is due to return after being cancelled in 2021 because of the pandemic. And, an army of helpers are needed to collect donations on the day.

David Cook, chair of Sidmouth Chamber of Commerce, said: “Sidmouth Town Council is once again staging the air show, including the return of the Red Arrows.

“The event brings many thousands of visitors to Sidmouth during the day and, in the early evening, the Esplanade, the beach and surrounding area is a mass of spectators looking up.

“The cost of this annual spectacle requires contributions from those attending to provide Sidmouth Town Council with the funds to be able to host the event.”

Sidmouth Chamber of Commerce members, often with family, colleagues and friends assist in the fundraising by providing many of the collecting team.

However, they need as much support as they can get during this year’s show which takes place on Friday, August 27 from 5pm to 7pm on Sidmouth seafront.

David said: “If you can help it would be much appreciated and we would like to hear from you by notifying the as soon as possible but no later than Monday 16th August.

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“The event is very beneficial to a large number of businesses in the town and can only continue if Sidmouth Town Council collects enough to pay for this wonderful annual spectacle. Please help us make this year's event such a success that we can confidently do it again next year.

“The event will, of course, be subject to any change that might be introduced due to any new Government Covid restrictions. If this occurs you will, of course, be notified accordingly.”

SIdmouth’s geography offers a unique and safe amphitheatre from which to experience a close-up air display and this year’s much-anticipated spectacle is expected to attract crowds of between 20,000-30,000 people.

Sidmouth Town Council made the decision to cancel last year’s air display to help protect the town from the threat of Coronavirus and enable responsible tourism to continue.

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