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Lowestoft Air Show great for town

PUBLISHED: 14:39 21 January 2008 | UPDATED: 19:29 05 July 2010

THE old year has gone and the new year is upon us.

2007 was not a very good year internationally, what with the conflicts in the Middle East and the more recent assassination of Benazir Bhutto and now the political unrest in Kenya.

THE old year has gone and the new year is upon us.

2007 was not a very good year internationally, what with the conflicts in the Middle East and the more recent assassination of Benazir Bhutto and now the political unrest in Kenya.

On the home front one good happening in 2007 was the Lowestoft Air Show, although that was slightly disappointing with the absence of the fast jets, but a grand show all the same.

The power boat racing was the icing on the cake;, Paul Bayfield and his team should be congratulated on their negotiations with Honda and Lings to ascertain this year's spectacular. Without Honda and Lings the air show might, I think, have been in jeaporday.

The first day of last year's show was marred by the weather but the second day was perfect. We sat by the wall of the Convent School drinking our drinks and eating our "sarnies", the sun was brilliant and in between the flying displays we sat people-watching. Who needs Benidorm?

During the summer months there are several air shows in other parts of the country, I wonder how they compare to ours?

They cannot, of course, be compared with others such as Farnborough and Mildenhall, but I am sure we must be somewhere near the top, especially with the power boats adding to the many other attractions.

As an afterthought, would it not be a good idea to have charity boxes for the air show placed strategically around the Waveney area including their offices. As they say: "every little helps."

JOHN CLARKE

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