Southend Airshow becomes ‘Southend Airshow and Military Festival’


John Delaney and Thomas Curtis, organisers of the Save the Airshow campaign earlier this year are now working to bring the event back to Southend seafront. The popular Southend Airshow which was cancelled in 2013 is planned to return in September 2014. Under private management with a new name the Southend Airshow and Military Festival will pay tribute to nations armed forces, past and present.

A leaner, more dynamic event

Over the last few months the team have been reviewing past plans together with Southend  and have identified numerous areas where cost savings can be achieved and improvements made.

A new date for a better Airshow and a ‘last hurrah’ for the summer season

The traditional May bank holiday weekend  typically coincides with poor weather, reducing the amount of available aircraft and making for a poor event. Southend Airshow and Military Festival is now planned for the 6-7 September 2014. This ensures that the weather will be more favorable and gives Southend business a larger event to end the summer.

A centenary commemoration

2014 is the centenary of World War One, and the new airshow will pay tribute to the armed forces and the great sacrifices they made in this and all conflicts. Details of activities will be announced shortly but the team is working hard to ensure that the event is something the nation will be proud of.

Open call to the community

Southend Airshow and Military Festival is the work of a few dedicated individuals and it is our aim to keep the event free to attend. We need your help and the support of local businesses to make this event a reality, if you can help please get in touch.

Thomas Curtis had this to say on the announcement:

“A new name, a new date and a new theme shows that we are looking to make this the best event for our town, county, families and armed forces. We have been working incredibly hard behind the scenes over the last few months to improve plans, establish new partnerships and forge new relationships to ensure that the event can return better than ever.”