Vulcan bomber news gets the thumbs up

AIRBOURNE fans have welcomed news the in-demand Vulcan will appear at this year’s festival.

The Herald exclusively revealed earlier this year that the annual air show would have to do with its regular headline display team after the iconic Red Arrows opted to instead head to Moscow to take part in a Russian aviation showcase.

Fans immediately called on organisers Eastbourne Borough Council (EBC) to splash out on a £12,000 appearance by the Vulcan – a Cold War plane which has become a darling of the air show circuit.

And, earlier this month, EBC revealed it had spent £12,000 to book the bomber for a show-stealing slot on August 11. The news could not have gone down better with locals.

Commenting on www.eastbourneherald.co.uk, Stuart Cox said, “Great news! She certainly is a sight and sound to experience.

“Overall, the line-up is looking very good – let’s just pray that the sun will be shining over Eastbourne.”

And it was a sentiment shared by fellow online reader Esmerelda, who wrote, “Well done Eastbourne Council – sounds like a really good programme.”

Carter added, “£20k [which was what the fee was original put at] divided by the number of spectators on the day is a miniscule spend per head for such a spectacle.

“I’d rather see the council spend money bringing excitement and happiness to people’s lives than fritter it away on consultants and mismanaged projects.”

Not quite everyone was convinced though. Malcolm Rasala summed up the naysayers. He said, “£20,000 for a what? A five minute show of a Cold War plane. I do not want to be a spoil-sport but for that we could transform the upper end of Terminus Road into something appealing, beautiful and much more worthwhile.”

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