Airbourne hailed a success despite rainy start

Airbourne 2011. Photo by Martin
Airbourne 2011. Photo by Martin

AIRBOURNE may have got off to a rain-soaked start but organisers have hailed it a success after hundreds of thousands of people flocked to the Sunshine Coast over the weekend.

Bad weather meant that all but one flight display was cancelled on Thursday as fog and drizzle threatened to ruin the much-loved annual extravaganza.

However, clearer skies on Friday held firm over the weekend – allowing the likes of the Red Arrows, wingwalkers and an F-16 fighter jet to wow the crowds.

Eastbourne Borough Council’s head of tourism, Councillor Neil Stanley, told the Gazette, “What a brilliant four days we have just enjoyed in Eastbourne.

“Airbourne 2011 really did surpass all expectations and despite a bad start with the weather on Thursday, the rest of the weekend showed Eastbourne to be back on form with bright sunshine and blue skies.”

The yearly festival brings tens of millions of pounds into the local economy as well as raising thousands for local good causes.

This year 30 per cent of the cash collected will go to the Eastbourne RNLI – with a final total expected to be announced later this week.

• See this week’s Gazette for more pictures or Friday’s Herald for a super 8-page picture special.

• See our readers’ pictures page located for more Airbourne photos. The link is located in the ‘community’ menu above.