TORQUAY | The Torbay Airshow will get a new lease of life after its continuation was threatened last winter.
Councillors have agreed to pay £25,000 towards an airshow in 2020, scheduled for the 6th-7th June. This is far short of the £90,000 grant given to show organisers in 2018 – but funding was abruptly cancelled in November last year due to spending cuts. After fears of cancellation, sponsorship deals and donations ensured the event could go ahead again in 2019.
Next year’s show is expected to be re-branded the English Riviera Airshow to reflect the event’s major sponsor, the English Riviera Business Improvement District, who promote tourism in the area. They paid £10,000 towards the cost of the 2019 event, and Devon Live report that they are negotiating a further deal for the 2020 show.
The Torbay Airshow began in 2016 and is estimated to be worth £7 million to the local economy. It costs a total of £200,000 to stage each year.