When we started fighting to save Southend Airshow way back in January of this year, we stated that for the Airshow to return to the seafront it needed to change.
And so over the last eleven months that’s what we’ve been focussing on.
From moving the date of the event from May to September, seeking new partners, cutting costs and even setting up the Southend Airshow Community Interest Company – we have been working hard to change this event for the better.
However, for the Airshow to return next year, we need Sponsors to support the event, but we also need you our community to to help out, so today we are very excited to launch our Southend Airshow & Military Festival merchandise, starting with the Airshow Bear!
Designed and produced by local business Teddy Station, the official bear is decked out in true pilot fashion, including a flying helmet with brown replica goggles, a brown leatherette jacket with a sheepskin collar, khaki shorts and proudly wears the Southend Airshow & Military Festival logo on his T-Shirt.
The Official Southend Airshow & Military Festival Bear is the first merchandise item to be made available, and will soon be joined by mugs, key rings, canvas prints and more – so wherever you are you can show your support for Southend Airshow & Military Festival.
You can purchase the Official Southend Airshow & Military Festival Bear online or by visiting the Teddy Station in Southend’s Victoria shopping centre and costs £9.99, with all profits going to Southend Airshow & Military Festival.
Steve Kohler, owner of Teddy Station had this to say:
“My wife and I attended the very first Southend Air Show, when Concorde graced the sky above us I will never forget that moment, since then we attended the majority of the shows. And in in later years traded at the show with our make your own bear stand. Southend lost a huge amount of potential customers and tourists when the show was cancelled let’s hope we can bring them back and put Southend back on the map.”
Thomas Curtis had this to say:
“The launch of the Southend Airshow & Military Festival Bear combined with a range of exciting merchandise offers the many thousands of supporters a way to help us get closer to the 2014 event and get something fun in return.”
John Delaney added:
“It is fantastic news that another local company has stepped in to assist us by outlaying thousands of pounds to supply the official Airshow Bear for us to sell online & in local outlets. We are all delighted with the quality of the Bear which is so apt with his flight jacket, goggles, & Airshow T Shirt and I hope everyone does their bit by buying one for Christmas presents to help support us.”