Herald comment (August 3rd): Airbourne’s future is in your hands

OUR FRONT page this week carries a plea from the people behind Airbourne. Quite simply, if locals and tourists want the annual event to continue, they need to start filling the collection buckets.

The free annual air show is one of the best things about Eastbourne and attracts thousands of people to the seafront – providing a welcome boost for traders in the area.

But, despite the fact most of their hotels are already fully booked out for what is usually a gorgeous August weekend, much of the hard work is done by the Eastbourne Hoteliers Association.

They don’t gain from it. If anything, they have to take their eye off their own businesses to wave buckets at the crowds and try and scrape together enough cash to pay for the following year.

For that the volunteers deserve our heartfelt thanks. Without them Eastbourne would have no Airbourne. And the town would be a lot less fun as a result.

So, the Herald wants to reiterate their plea for help. If everyone who goes to Airbourne drops 50p or a £1 coin in a collection bucket, the future of the event will be secure.

If people take it for granted, the chances are we may lose what has become the undisputed jewel in the town’s summer crown.

£1 won’t get you much these days. But if we all club together, it will pay for one of the best weekends of the year. And don’t forget, 30 per cent of the takings will go to the RNLI in Eastbourne.

So dig out your loose change and pop it in a bucket or collection tin. The boost Airbourne provides for the town is priceless. All they are asking for is a few pence.

WHAT a welcome sight greeted anyone who walked through the town centre on Wednesday. The first street market attracted shoppers galore and was an overwhelming success. The shops along the route benefited just as much as the stall holders.

It just goes to show that with enough ideas and enthusiasm, Eastbourne can become a thriving town. With or without Mary Portas’ cash.