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Airshow campaigners issue call to arms ahead of crunch meeting
8:59pm Wednesday 27th February 2013 in News
CAMPAIGNERS hoping to save Southend’s airshow have urged people to make their voice heard when the town’s council meets to discuss scrapping tonight (Thursday).
A Facebook page called Save Southend Airshow was set up by Thomas Curtis and John Delaney after Southend Council announced it was looking to scrap the airshow as a cost-cutting measure.
They have now issued a call to arms for residents to join them in a protest outside the Civic Centre from 5.30pm tonight (Thursday) before the authority takes the decision whether to shut down the show.
In just a few weeks, their online campaign attracted 14,250 “likes” on the social networking site.
Mr Curtis, 29, of Honiton Road, Southend, said: “To vote against the airshow is to give up on Southend; we’re a seaside resort and tourism is one of the best things about the town.
“It’s probably a nightmare scenario for the council to have a lot of people protesting before the meeting but they made the decision and have not made any effort to consult.
“But the end result is that you get people who are passionate and will fight against things – we’ve been bowled over by the support we’ve had for the campaign.
“We urge any supporter of the airshow to join us on tonight to make our voices are heard."