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PUBLISHED: 11:38 02 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:17 05 July 2010

TWO environmental groups have forged a partnership with organisers of the Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival in acting as voluntary collectors for the first time.

TWO environmental groups have forged a partnership with organisers of the Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival in acting as voluntary collectors for the first time.

Gunton Woodland Community Project and Bonds Meadow Support Group will be setting up a “green” gate each on the seafront during the summer event on Thursday and Friday, July 24 and 25.

Their involvement follows the decision by local community action group, Lowestoft Together, to support the air festival as main sponsor.

Once again, people will be asked to help meet the cost of the event by donating at least £1 each.

All collectors represent local charities and community groups and, as in previous years, will be paid commission for their help.

The money they receive is used by the groups to help fund a wide variety of causes, and Gunton Woods and Bonds Meadow will use their share to develop their projects.

Last year, the festival presented a record £26,100 which was shared between 17 groups, mostly local Rotary and Lions Clubs.

Brian Hunter, air festival director for volunteer collections and stewarding, said: “We recognise the part local groups contribute towards the environmental sustainability of our area.

“Accordingly, local groups that look after open spaces, wild habitats and areas of natural beauty are being invited to act as bucket collectors for this year's air show.”

More backing for the summer spectacular came this week with the signing of a new gold sponsor, Speedy Hire, and the return of a former gold sponsor, John Grose, which will have a display site on the Sensory Gardens.

A business formed by Lowestoft man Will King will be also represented by a double-decker bus on Royal Green where King of Shaves samples will be offered.

Further good news is expected in the next few days regarding the festival's search for a sponsor for the Thursday night fireworks, with details set to be announced next week.

This year, the Friends' competition is being sponsored by Chadds, in London Road North.

Everyone who pays the minimum subscription fee of £10 will be entered into the draw and a prize will be drawn every month up until the show in July, when the winner will receive an extra special treat from the store.

In addition, everyone who enrols as a Friend will receive a Chadds voucher for £50, which they can use towards the purchase of any furniture costing more than £500 and, as a further incentive, all Friends will be entered into a draw to win VIP hospitality during the air festival for a family of four, including afternoon tea and seats in the grandstand.

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