Monthly Archives: September 2013

Charitable beneficiaries announced!

Southend Airshow and Military Festival selects the Vulcan Restoration Trust as beneficiary!

Vulcan Restoration Trust among four other charities selected to benefit from Southend Airshow & Military Festival

Southend Airshow & Military Festival is proud to announce that the Vulcan Restoration Trust is to be a beneficiary of the event scheduled for 6-7th September 2014. The Vulcan Restoration Trust owns and maintains Avro Vulcan B2 XL426, based at London Southend Airport. The Vulcan Restoration trust has worked incredibly hard to maintain the much loved Vulcan and its a iconic part of Southend’s history.

The Vulcan Restoration Trust joins Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Families Association, The RAF Benevolent Fund, The Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes as charities selected to benefit from Southend Airshow & Military Festival. The chosen charities will receive a percentage of the profits generated from the 2014 event and beyond.

Steve Barnes, Membership Secretary of the Vulcan Restoration Trust had this to say:

“I am delighted that The Southend Airshow & Military Festival is supporting the Vulcan Restoration Trust by donating part of its profits from the event to the Trust. This support highlights the need to preserve the Southend Vulcan as an iconic aircraft from our military history and as an important symbol of British aviation engineering. The Vulcan Restoration Trust exists solely on charitable donations and its own fund raising so support such as this is crucial to the continued preservation and operation of the Southend Vulcan.”

Thomas Curtis had this to say:

“Southend Airshow & Military Festival is more than just creating an event, its about giving back to the community. The Vulcan restoration trust is a team of dedicated enthusiasts works hard to keep a part of our nations military heritage in working order and we couldn’t be more pleased to support them. 

John Delany added:

“The Vulcan Restoration Trust are doing a fantastic job maintaining & restoring the iconic Vulcan Bomber XL426 at Southend Airport. It was a natural fit to highlight & support them keep this piece of aviation history in our town.”

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome

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Russell Savory from Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome joins Southend Airshow & Military festival 2014 to make World War One a major feature of new Airshow.

2014 is the the centenary of World War One and to commemorate the start of the great war Southend Airshow & Military Festival is proud to announce its partnership with Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome.

Russell Savory from Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome is joining the Southend Airshow & Miltary Festival team as WWI Operations Director and will lead World War One activities for the event. Russell brings a wealth of talent and experience and is one of the leading voices in the fight to save WW1 heritages sites.

Russell from Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome commenting on joining the Airshow team said:

“I’m very pleased to be given the opportunity to be involved with it all by looking after the Great War Section – having these aircraft visiting Stow at this special time, being the centenary of the Great War, will be a great honour. I am sure the Southend & Military Festival has a great future.”

The partnership with the historic Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome based near Maldon, Essex will provide Southend Airshow & Military Festival with airstrips, facilities and entertainment to pilots of WW1 era craft over the weekend of the show. With access to a grass airfield secured Southend Airshow and Military Festival can now feature a wider range of WW1 aircraft that are only capable of landing on grass runways.

Thomas Curtis commented:

“We are incredibly excited about Russell joining the team, his work on restoring Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome has been truly outstanding and we know that his expertise in the area will make our WW1 activities something the entire county can be proud of.”

John Delaney added:

“One of the driving forces behind our efforts to bring back the Airshow combined with a celebration of our military has been the desire to educate younger generations about our history & the bravery of our military both then & now. We wanted to showcase & commemorate the 100th anniversary of WW1 within our event so I am delighted to have forged such a close relationship with Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome enabling us to include a significant WWI tribute with air & ground displays within our event .”