10,000 join campaign to save Southend Airshow

Southend Standard: Thomas Curtis and John Delaney, whose Facebook page Save Southend Airshow now has more than 10,000 'likes' Thomas Curtis and John Delaney, whose Facebook page Save Southend Airshow now has more than 10,000 'likes'

MORE than 10,000 people have joined a campaign to save Southend Airshow.

A Facebook page called Save Southend Airshow, set up after Southend Council announced plans to axe the event to save £130,000, now has more than 10,700 ‘likes’ and an e-petition against the cut has more than 1,100 signatures.

John Delaney, 52, of Eastwood, who set up the Facebook page with friend Thomas Curtis, 29 of Southend, said: "Over 10,000 people have joined the campaign to support saving the airshow in just a few weeks.

“This is a clear message to the council to rethink their decision and look to make cuts elsewhere where there is more wastage and substantially less benefit to the local community, the town and local traders."

Simon Wilson, 32, of Westcliff, who set up the e-petition, said: “It shows that people are in support of the airshow and the council are wrong cancelling it when they could cancel other things.

“It adds a lot of revenue to the town and it’s a part of Southend’s history.”

The council’s Tory cabinet approved scrapping the May bank Holiday crowd-puller last Tuesday, proposed as the council tries to fill a £10.4million black hole in its budget.

The full council will have the final say at the end of this month, but the leaders of the Liberal Democrat, Labour and Independent councillors also back the cut.

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7:46am Tue 19 Feb 13

2shedsjackson says...

So all these people need to do is contribute about £10 each and the show is on. Not going to happen is it.
So all these people need to do is contribute about £10 each and the show is on. Not going to happen is it. 2shedsjackson
  • Score: -8

8:28am Tue 19 Feb 13

Saxonpride says...

All this fuss for a few old planes sitting on a patch of mud?
The airshow has always been a boring, tedious spectacle and I'm glad to see the back of it.
All this fuss for a few old planes sitting on a patch of mud? The airshow has always been a boring, tedious spectacle and I'm glad to see the back of it. Saxonpride
  • Score: -22

9:12am Tue 19 Feb 13

Nebs says...

You can like something on facebook without being a member of the campaign.
You can like something on facebook without being a member of the campaign. Nebs
  • Score: 0

9:48am Tue 19 Feb 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

it only lines the pockets of the fast food stalls(from out of town),ice cream sellers(from out of town) and those lucky number games where you win a fluffy toy out the back of a big truck(from out of town)...ohh and a few inflatable slides(from out of town)...and some plastic kids toys and other varied market stall goods, its not about planes and flight anymore.
it only lines the pockets of the fast food stalls(from out of town),ice cream sellers(from out of town) and those lucky number games where you win a fluffy toy out the back of a big truck(from out of town)...ohh and a few inflatable slides(from out of town)...and some plastic kids toys and other varied market stall goods, its not about planes and flight anymore. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: -9

9:53am Tue 19 Feb 13

mikepaterson says...

https://www.facebook
.com/SaveAirshowSout
hend
https://www.facebook .com/SaveAirshowSout hend mikepaterson
  • Score: 7

9:56am Tue 19 Feb 13

mikepaterson says...

mikepaterson wrote:
https://www.facebook

.com/SaveAirshowSout

hend
short link to page -
http://tinyurl.com/s
sashow
[quote][p][bold]mikepaterson[/bold] wrote: https://www.facebook .com/SaveAirshowSout hend[/p][/quote]short link to page - http://tinyurl.com/s sashow mikepaterson
  • Score: 4

10:19am Tue 19 Feb 13

Saxonpride says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
it only lines the pockets of the fast food stalls(from out of town),ice cream sellers(from out of town) and those lucky number games where you win a fluffy toy out the back of a big truck(from out of town)...ohh and a few inflatable slides(from out of town)...and some plastic kids toys and other varied market stall goods, its not about planes and flight anymore.
And even if it was about the planes, it would still be a thoroughly boring affair.
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: it only lines the pockets of the fast food stalls(from out of town),ice cream sellers(from out of town) and those lucky number games where you win a fluffy toy out the back of a big truck(from out of town)...ohh and a few inflatable slides(from out of town)...and some plastic kids toys and other varied market stall goods, its not about planes and flight anymore.[/p][/quote]And even if it was about the planes, it would still be a thoroughly boring affair. Saxonpride
  • Score: -13

10:34am Tue 19 Feb 13

maxell says...

Although I admire that people want to keep the airshow, this will never happen because the council now has to ask the airport permmision to cough, its not that the council that wanted to scrap the air show they were told to. The airport is now running southend and are also running scheduled flights, and have no intention of losssing a days scheduled flights due to a air display, easyjet and others are under contract to which any delays can result in hefty compensation claims under new ruling even if the flight is delayed , so what the petition is really saying in a round about way 10,000 fingers up to the airport , I do wonder if this is really the cloaked message.
Although I admire that people want to keep the airshow, this will never happen because the council now has to ask the airport permmision to cough, its not that the council that wanted to scrap the air show they were told to. The airport is now running southend and are also running scheduled flights, and have no intention of losssing a days scheduled flights due to a air display, easyjet and others are under contract to which any delays can result in hefty compensation claims under new ruling even if the flight is delayed , so what the petition is really saying in a round about way 10,000 fingers up to the airport , I do wonder if this is really the cloaked message. maxell
  • Score: 31

10:40am Tue 19 Feb 13

sosad 1 says...

stuff the airshow warplanes kill people usally inocent
stuff the airshow warplanes kill people usally inocent sosad 1
  • Score: -12

11:35am Tue 19 Feb 13

Keith London says...

mikepaterson wrote:
mikepaterson wrote:
https://www.facebook


.com/SaveAirshowSout


hend
short link to page -
http://tinyurl.com/s

sashow
Is that Mike "Pud" Paterson?
[quote][p][bold]mikepaterson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mikepaterson[/bold] wrote: https://www.facebook .com/SaveAirshowSout hend[/p][/quote]short link to page - http://tinyurl.com/s sashow[/p][/quote]Is that Mike "Pud" Paterson? Keith London
  • Score: 0

1:18pm Tue 19 Feb 13

emcee says...

I LIKE the taste of beefburgers containing horse. This does not mean I agree to the manufacturers using horse meat in them.
I LIKE elephants. This does not mean I want one roaming around in my grarden, trampling all over my rhubarb.
Liking a facebook page does not necessarily follow that these "likes" are in support of the page creator's campaign, but for the page itself. Maybe the likes are for the fact that the page exists for others to "like". Also, why have the number of facebook "likes" not translated to the same number of e-petition signees?
I rest my case.
I agree with 2shedsjackson. If these 10,000+ people feel that strongly then let them pay for it.
I LIKE the taste of beefburgers containing horse. This does not mean I agree to the manufacturers using horse meat in them. I LIKE elephants. This does not mean I want one roaming around in my grarden, trampling all over my rhubarb. Liking a facebook page does not necessarily follow that these "likes" are in support of the page creator's campaign, but for the page itself. Maybe the likes are for the fact that the page exists for others to "like". Also, why have the number of facebook "likes" not translated to the same number of e-petition signees? I rest my case. I agree with 2shedsjackson. If these 10,000+ people feel that strongly then let them pay for it. emcee
  • Score: -19

1:33pm Tue 19 Feb 13

mikepaterson says...

Keith London wrote:
mikepaterson wrote:
mikepaterson wrote:
https://www.facebook



.com/SaveAirshowSout



hend
short link to page -
http://tinyurl.com/s


sashow
Is that Mike "Pud" Paterson?
Blimey - well yes! - Who are you Keith?
[quote][p][bold]Keith London[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mikepaterson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mikepaterson[/bold] wrote: https://www.facebook .com/SaveAirshowSout hend[/p][/quote]short link to page - http://tinyurl.com/s sashow[/p][/quote]Is that Mike "Pud" Paterson?[/p][/quote]Blimey - well yes! - Who are you Keith? mikepaterson
  • Score: 0

1:34pm Tue 19 Feb 13

mikepaterson says...

sosad 1 wrote:
stuff the airshow warplanes kill people usally inocent
They also protect people. I guess you'd rather we all spoke German....
[quote][p][bold]sosad 1[/bold] wrote: stuff the airshow warplanes kill people usally inocent[/p][/quote]They also protect people. I guess you'd rather we all spoke German.... mikepaterson
  • Score: 11

3:22pm Tue 19 Feb 13

southendshrimper says...

sosad 1 wrote:
stuff the airshow warplanes kill people usally inocent
So you don't care about Spitfires or Hurricanes, two great war birds that saved this country from Nazi Germany.
[quote][p][bold]sosad 1[/bold] wrote: stuff the airshow warplanes kill people usally inocent[/p][/quote]So you don't care about Spitfires or Hurricanes, two great war birds that saved this country from Nazi Germany. southendshrimper
  • Score: 13

5:04pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Carnabackable says...

Get rid of this fiasco, you want an airshow, go to Duxford, Biggin Hill, or Farnborough.
Southend should stick to kiss me quick hats and candy floss, followed by a brisk walk along the pier.
Get rid of this fiasco, you want an airshow, go to Duxford, Biggin Hill, or Farnborough. Southend should stick to kiss me quick hats and candy floss, followed by a brisk walk along the pier. Carnabackable
  • Score: -13

6:22pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Royr says...

Carnabackable wrote:
Get rid of this fiasco, you want an airshow, go to Duxford, Biggin Hill, or Farnborough.
Southend should stick to kiss me quick hats and candy floss, followed by a brisk walk along the pier.
Clacton is nearer, and it's got a pier and a beach!
[quote][p][bold]Carnabackable[/bold] wrote: Get rid of this fiasco, you want an airshow, go to Duxford, Biggin Hill, or Farnborough. Southend should stick to kiss me quick hats and candy floss, followed by a brisk walk along the pier.[/p][/quote]Clacton is nearer, and it's got a pier and a beach! Royr
  • Score: -6

8:32pm Tue 19 Feb 13

mikepaterson says...

Carnabackable wrote:
Get rid of this fiasco, you want an airshow, go to Duxford, Biggin Hill, or Farnborough.
Southend should stick to kiss me quick hats and candy floss, followed by a brisk walk along the pier.
Why?
[quote][p][bold]Carnabackable[/bold] wrote: Get rid of this fiasco, you want an airshow, go to Duxford, Biggin Hill, or Farnborough. Southend should stick to kiss me quick hats and candy floss, followed by a brisk walk along the pier.[/p][/quote]Why? mikepaterson
  • Score: 12

9:57pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Thames Gateway says...

Biggin Hill airshow? Do keep up.
Biggin Hill airshow? Do keep up. Thames Gateway
  • Score: 7

1:24pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Walt Jabsco says...

sosad 1 wrote:
stuff the airshow warplanes kill people usally inocent
History not one of your strong subjects at school then?
[quote][p][bold]sosad 1[/bold] wrote: stuff the airshow warplanes kill people usally inocent[/p][/quote]History not one of your strong subjects at school then? Walt Jabsco
  • Score: 4

2:01pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Rouge9 says...

maxell wrote:
Although I admire that people want to keep the airshow, this will never happen because the council now has to ask the airport permmision to cough, its not that the council that wanted to scrap the air show they were told to. The airport is now running southend and are also running scheduled flights, and have no intention of losssing a days scheduled flights due to a air display, easyjet and others are under contract to which any delays can result in hefty compensation claims under new ruling even if the flight is delayed , so what the petition is really saying in a round about way 10,000 fingers up to the airport , I do wonder if this is really the cloaked message.
I believe that the airport, and Stobbarts, are in favour of keeping the airshow.

As for penalties for delays, if enough notice is given then the airport and airlines can schedule accordingly. I watched at the airport for a while on the sunday last year, and it did not appear to make any difference to the schedules. The airport is not running to capacity, so there will be minimal disruption
[quote][p][bold]maxell[/bold] wrote: Although I admire that people want to keep the airshow, this will never happen because the council now has to ask the airport permmision to cough, its not that the council that wanted to scrap the air show they were told to. The airport is now running southend and are also running scheduled flights, and have no intention of losssing a days scheduled flights due to a air display, easyjet and others are under contract to which any delays can result in hefty compensation claims under new ruling even if the flight is delayed , so what the petition is really saying in a round about way 10,000 fingers up to the airport , I do wonder if this is really the cloaked message.[/p][/quote]I believe that the airport, and Stobbarts, are in favour of keeping the airshow. As for penalties for delays, if enough notice is given then the airport and airlines can schedule accordingly. I watched at the airport for a while on the sunday last year, and it did not appear to make any difference to the schedules. The airport is not running to capacity, so there will be minimal disruption Rouge9
  • Score: -14

12:42am Fri 22 Feb 13

Mike Smith says...

There is going to be a mass demonstration outside the Civic Centre on Thursday 28th, at 6 pm, to make your voice known before the Council votes to cancel our Air Show. Everybody who can get there should attend, as this may be your last chance to save Southend's Air Show for future generations.
There is going to be a mass demonstration outside the Civic Centre on Thursday 28th, at 6 pm, to make your voice known before the Council votes to cancel our Air Show. Everybody who can get there should attend, as this may be your last chance to save Southend's Air Show for future generations. Mike Smith
  • Score: 29

8:06pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Mike Smith says...

See details of the event on FaceBook
http://www.facebook.
com/events/121577044
691218/1215869746902
25/?notif_t=plan_mal
l_activity
See details of the event on FaceBook http://www.facebook. com/events/121577044 691218/1215869746902 25/?notif_t=plan_mal l_activity Mike Smith
  • Score: 1

11:17pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Thedarklordlee says...

emcee wrote:
I LIKE the taste of beefburgers containing horse. This does not mean I agree to the manufacturers using horse meat in them.
I LIKE elephants. This does not mean I want one roaming around in my grarden, trampling all over my rhubarb.
Liking a facebook page does not necessarily follow that these "likes" are in support of the page creator's campaign, but for the page itself. Maybe the likes are for the fact that the page exists for others to "like". Also, why have the number of facebook "likes" not translated to the same number of e-petition signees?
I rest my case.
I agree with 2shedsjackson. If these 10,000+ people feel that strongly then let them pay for it.
Only those who don't care about the Air show would suggest this. It's part of Southend's heritage. It's something that's always been done. It increases revenue for local pubs, guest houses, arcades and eateries. It also pulls in visitors from other towns and increases tourism in Southend. Instead of cancelling it, lets get it back to its best.
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: I LIKE the taste of beefburgers containing horse. This does not mean I agree to the manufacturers using horse meat in them. I LIKE elephants. This does not mean I want one roaming around in my grarden, trampling all over my rhubarb. Liking a facebook page does not necessarily follow that these "likes" are in support of the page creator's campaign, but for the page itself. Maybe the likes are for the fact that the page exists for others to "like". Also, why have the number of facebook "likes" not translated to the same number of e-petition signees? I rest my case. I agree with 2shedsjackson. If these 10,000+ people feel that strongly then let them pay for it.[/p][/quote]Only those who don't care about the Air show would suggest this. It's part of Southend's heritage. It's something that's always been done. It increases revenue for local pubs, guest houses, arcades and eateries. It also pulls in visitors from other towns and increases tourism in Southend. Instead of cancelling it, lets get it back to its best. Thedarklordlee
  • Score: 1

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