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Blackpool Airshow Cancelled

Blackpool's annual summer air show cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic.

Organisers of Blackpool Air Show have announced the event has been cancelled this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Visit Blackpool have announced with a "heavy heart" that the annual summer air show, one of Blackpool's biggest and most popular events, has been cancelled "due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic".

The free event, which attracts up to 100,000 visitors each year, was due to be staged on the Tower Festival Headland over the weekend of August 8 and 9.

However, the logistical implications of staging such a large event under the current restrictions, a number of which are likely to remain in place for some time, mean that it cannot go ahead this summer, according to Blackpool Council.

Dates for the 2021 Blackpool Air Show have already been scheduled for the weekend of August 7 and 8.

Cllr Gillian Campbell, Cabinet Member for Tourism & Culture for Blackpool Council, said: "Over the past few weeks we have been closely monitoring Government guidance around social distancing and public gatherings to determine whether the event could go ahead in some way.

"The health and safety of our visitors and all those involved in the Air Show is of paramount importance. So too is the prevention of additional strain on the emergency services who support our events programme each year at a time when they are helping to lead the UK-wide response to the pandemic.

"It is, of course, disappointing to have to cancel such an important part of our summer programme, but we are working closely with our partners to ensure that our resort emerges from this crisis with a strong and vibrant tourism offer.

"We look forward to welcoming back our visitors when it is safe to do so."

Other events in the VisitBlackpool programme for this year will continue to be reviewed over the coming weeks in line with government forward guidance.



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