Airbourne film night: You choose what’s on

Airbourne 2011 includes new features. Picture by Scott Morley

Airbourne 2011 includes new features. Picture by Scott Morley

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VISITORS to Airbourne this summer will be able to enjoy a Saturday night at the movies.

A giant beachside screen on the Western Lawns on Saturday, August 13, will show one of 12 classic movies - and tourism chiefs want people to use Facebook to decide which one it will be.

The Aviator, Airplane!, Ghostbusters, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Back To The Future are joined on the shortlist by musicals Grease, A Hard Day’s Night and The Sound of Music and family favourites Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Jungle Book and Monsters Inc.

Councillor Neil Stanley, Eastbourne Borough Council’s cabinet member for tourism and leisure, said, “Saturday Night at the Movies promises to be another fantastic new addition to this year’s Airbourne, extending the brilliant airshow atmosphere into the evening and bringing visitors together for a giant film screening.

“I hope as many as possible take the opportunity to vote for their favourite movie from our shortlist and join us for a magnificent free seaside film showing.”

Cast your vote at www.facebook.com/airbourneeastbourne or www.facebook.com/visiteastbourne before midday on Friday, July 15.

Another new feature for the show is Airbourne TV, which will provide an interactive show of the event on three big screens along the seafront and one in the town centre. It will give visitors the chance to interact with Airbourne throughout the four days, including live streaming, pilot interviews and text-to-screen.

It will also offer businesses the opportunity to promote themselves to the huge footfall the event attracts with advertising spots available. Contact Big Bear Events for details of packages on 0845 652 5586.

Other highlights at Airbourne include flying displays from the Red Arrows, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, The Blades, Breitling Wingwalkers and, new for 2011, displays from the Royal Navy Black Cats and Royal Navy Raiders Parachute Display Team.

The Marines Unarmed Combat Team will make a welcome return to the arena displays, joining the popular Essex Dog Display Team and RAF College Band, while the RAF Exhibition and trade stands will offer plenty to keep visitors entertained.