Airbourne soars over rivals as top airshow

Vulcan and crowds
Vulcan and crowds
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Airbourne has been voted the best free airshow in the country for the second time running.

Airscene.co.uk, one of the UK’s leading airshow websites, ran the poll for airshow fans. and Eastbourne’s four-day free airshow beat rival Bournemouth hands down, achieving nearly double the number of votes to win Best Free Airshow 2012 in the Airscene Awards.

Despite being nominated only as a free airshow, Airbourne still received 57 per cent more votes than Duxford, the winner of the Best Airshow category, making Airbourne the most popular airshow in the UK.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism & Leisure Councillor Carolyn Heaps said, “2012 was such an amazing year for Airbourne, from the spectacular Vulcan to the once-in-a-lifetime firework finale and Olympic closing ceremony celebration.

“Thank you to everyone at Airscene who voted for us, this award is the icing on the cake from a momentous year and we look forward to providing a spectacular show for fans in 2013.”

Airbourne visitors were treated to Eastbourne’s first ever Vulcan display in 2012 attracting the show’s biggest ever audience on Saturday. Many fans enjoyed a rare close-up glimpse of the jet in a flying hold over Beachy Head, before its display along the seafront to thousands.

Social media forums were inundated with photos, video and comments following the display, with more than 5,000 video views and a viral reach of 57,000 for Airbourne’s facebook page.

For fans who missed the show, exclusive photos and cockpit footage are still available to view online, including the Jet Provost display and the Royal Navy Raiders Parachute jump. Fans can also share their own photos and video on the Airbourne Facebook page.

Airbourne returns in 2013 from August 15-18. For more information visit www.eastbourneairshow.com.