Bay air show grounded

The Red Arrows

The Red Arrows - Credit: Stephen Coombes

Torbay's air show is off - but it may not be gone for ever.

An informal meeting of Torbay's cabinet on Tuesday night unanimously agreed to cancel this June's event.

Councillors had given themselves a deadline of February 9 to make a decision.

Mike Morey, the councillor in charge of events, said the council could simply not take the risk of organising a potential Covid 'super spreader' event.

He said: "To be honest, for the council to organise an event of this kind at this moment in time would be wrong. 

"Organising the crowds is the issue."

Mike Morey

Cllr Mike Morey - Credit: Torbay Council

It is the second year running that the show - which generates millions of pounds for the local economy - has fallen victim to the pandemic.

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But it may not signal the end for the event in future years. "We are hoping to bring it back next year," said Cllr Morey.