Sunderland Airshow 2022 - CANCELLED

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Sunderland Airshow 2022 - CANCELLED

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Sunderland City Council has announced that it is rethinking its events programme.

This is in light of listening to residents' views around events through its Let's Talk consultation last August and also continuing uncertainty around Covid.

The consultation was focussed around seeking residents views both on existing events and the type of events they would like to see in the future and the Council will be announcing new events soon.

Continued uncertainty around the pandemic and the impact this has on planning for events has also led to the decision that Sunderland Airshow will not go ahead this summer.

The Leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Graeme Miller, said: "We know from our own experience and that of other event organisers over the last 22 months just how difficult Covid makes it to plan for events, particularly when it comes to large scale events with a long lead in time such as the Sunderland Airshow.

"Because of the nature of the airshow and the infrastructure and contracts that need to be put in place to support it, we have reached the stage where we would need to commit now to allow the event to go ahead this summer which we just don't feel able to do that at the moment. It simply doesn't make financial sense at this point in time to make such a commitment given the current uncertainty around the pandemic and the fact that we don't where we are likely to be with Covid come the summer.

"However residents can rest assured that events remain as important to this city as ever as our own events programme and those of our partners continue to grow and evolve, attracting exciting new events which appeal to residents and visitors alike.

"We also recognise that it's vital to listen to residents and to refresh our events programme from time to time which is why we held our Let's Talk events consultation in the summer to give residents the opportunity to give their views on our events programme and the type of new events they would like to see in our city.

"We know that residents are keen for there to be new and different events in the city and ones that they can take part in as well as attend with family and friends. This is also in line with the ambitions set out in our City Plan around more people getting physically active. So we'd urge people to keep an eye out for details of exciting new events which will be announced in coming months."
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Sunderland cancelled due to “uncertainty over Covid” amongst other reasons.

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Witchcraft24 wrote:
Tue 11 Jan 2022, 5:40 pm
Sunderland cancelled due to “uncertainty over Covid” amongst other reasons.
I don't think there are 'other reasons'. As per the statement in the OP, the cancellation is due to the financial risk of committing now facing uncertainties that event can definitely go ahead.

Its a great shame for the area, where airshow weekend is enjoyed by massive crowds. Not really an enthusiasts' show, but for the public in the north east a big miss. The government should really be offering an insurance scheme to derisk outdoor events, the hit to the economy will be noticeable.
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it sounds like part of a wider think about events they put on.

whilst i don't see a situation where we get locked down in the summer, its a lot of money for a council to commit at the moment when it could be better spent elsewhere

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rockfordstone wrote:
Wed 12 Jan 2022, 3:01 pm
it sounds like part of a wider think about events they put on.
whilst i don't see a situation where we get locked down in the summer, its a lot of money for a council to commit at the moment when it could be better spent elsewhere
What's better than an airshow?

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With East Fortune no longer taking place, that is a large area of Scotland and north-east of England without any shows. The fact they shared display aircraft helped both out, but that is obviously gone now. Sad days for airshow goers up here.
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Indeed. I think Blackpool is the most northerly airshow on the west coast and Scarborough for the east coast? There is the annual Red Arrows flypast at the Great North Run though.

There is the daily LFA17 airshow near me but admittedly, sometimes when I go, nothing turns up.

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I suspect COVID is a convenient excuse for Sunderland Council, whereas the real reason is budget cuts or lack of political enthusiasm for the event.

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verreli wrote:
Thu 13 Jan 2022, 10:14 am
Indeed. I think Blackpool is the most northerly airshow on the west coast and Scarborough for the east coast? There is the annual Red Arrows flypast at the Great North Run though.

There is the daily LFA17 airshow near me but admittedly, sometimes when I go, nothing turns up.
With the return of Teeside, its a little further north than Scarborough on the East Coast.

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SilentFlight wrote:
Mon 17 Jan 2022, 4:39 pm
With the return of Teeside, its a little further north than Scarborough on the East Coast.
That's great news after a 5 year break. Maybe there's a possibility of a return of the Windermere show too - although I'm not getting my hopes up.

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