Lift off for Air Show but what about Red Arrows?

Torbay Weekly

Torbay's Air Show is set for a spectacular return this summer - but don't hold your breath for the bill-topping Red Arrows.

It is understood Torbay Council are working on a plan to see the show flying high again in June - although it is being emphasised no details or plans have yet been confirmed.

The two-day show based around Paignton Green would be among a host of events across South Devon to mark the Queen’s platinum jubilee - but ironically the jubilee is why the famous Arrows may be needed elsewhere.

Air shows in 2020 and 2021 were grounded due to the pandemic as lockdowns meant crowds could not gather for events. The show attracts almost 200,000 people and is worth millions of pounds to the bay’s hospitality industry.

The tourism and hospitality sector would welcome the return of the money-spinning show with welcome arms after being hit harder than most by the pandemic.

It is already gearing up for a bumper weekend which could be one of the major highlights of a summer season already expected to be a super-busy time for business with Staycation and UK holidays still being preferred by holidaymakers.

Council leader Steve Darling said: "My understanding is that we are continuing to work towards planning for the air show but no final decision has yet been made bearing in mind the strange Covid world we live in."

Cllr Mike Morey, in charge of events, added: "It is something we are working towards. Because it clashes with the Queen's Jubilee we are not sure about the Red Arrows."