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Nearly one million people turn out for the 2012 Bournemouth Air Festival
BOURNEMOUTH Air Festival organisers are today celebrating their most successful weekend since the event began.
Barring two displays that fell victim to poor visibility yesterday, the event delivered a full programme and initial estimates from the team behind it reckon almost one million people visited over the four days.
Air Festival director Jon Weaver said: “It looks like the Saturday was as big as 2009.
“We’ve done crowd assessments and we think the seafront was 95 per cent full – that means we were up to the 300-350,000 mark.
“For the three days we were up to 750,000; we will not be far shy of one million this year before we get the final figures.
“Night Air has been a real success, the dusk displays are growing in popularity and there’s a demand for a Saturday night one, although we will need to find the cash for that if we can.”
“The dusk displays with the full moon on Thursday were a real highlight.
“It was good to see the Red Arrows back, they put on a great show and you could tell by the audience’s response that it was really positive.
“The Vulcan was a great show-stopper, as were the Tornadoes.
“It was great to see the Chinook back, it’s only doing five displays this year,” he added.
Confirming that next year’s event will take place between August 29 and September 1, Jon thanked the festival’s sponsors, patrons, the armed forces, emergency services and the public for their support.
He said: “For next year we have to see how we build on what we’ve got, build on Night Air and get a solid display programme like we did this year. We want to build on the charity aspect of it as well.”
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