Monthly Archives: February 2014

Headline Sponsors: Toomey Motors!

airshow_std_small_toomeyAnnouncing Southend Airshow & Military Festival Sponsored by Toomey Motor Group!

Leading car and commercial leasing chain joins Southend Airshow & Military Festival as Headline Sponsor!

Today we are incredibly excited to announce Toomey Motor Group as Headline Sponsor for Southend Airshow & Military Festival.

Toomey Motor Group, which have locations in Southend, Basildon and Orsett have agreed a wide ranging financial partnership with Southend Airshow & Military Festival that will ensure that Toomey Motor Group are the number headline brand at the event. Toomey Motor Group, who already Sponsor the RAF Typhoon Display Team, have understood the importance of Southend Airshow & Military Festival as an event that will raise awareness of their both themselves and the car brands they offer which include Renault, Nissan, Vauxhall, Dacia and Peugeot.

Whilst agreement with Toomey Motor Group is a significant one, there is still a need to raise further funds to allow the event to proceed as planned this year and Southend Airshow & Military Festival is keen to speak companies interested in becoming Sponsors.

Steve Decelis, Director of Toomey Southend had this to say:

“We have been infected by John and Tom’s enthusiasm for the event and when they approached us, we welcomed the opportunity to become involved. The local community is rightly proud of the Southend Airshow which brings many visitors to Southend from outside the area and as a local Company, employing 125 people, we are proud to demonstrate our commitment to the area and our support to the local community.”

He continued:

“The Airshow is one of the biggest events in the local community calendar, a great family event which also benefits local businesses. We are delighted to be able to play our part in promoting both the show and Toomey brand awareness.”

Thomas Curtis had this to say:

“We are incredibly excited to have Toomey Motor Group as Headline Sponsor, they have recognized the unique brand and advertising opportunity provided by Southend Airshow & Military Festival. Whilst we still have funds to raise ahead of the upcoming deadline, we will continue to work hard to get the event across the line.”

John Delaney added:

“Since we first started putting together the plans to bring back the airshow I’ve always believed we would be able to secure a headline sponsor due to the high profile and significance of the event and the opportunities it presents.

He continued:

“I am particularly pleased that a substantial local company like Toomeys has come forward to seize the opportunity presented by Southend Airshow & Military Festival. Toomeys is the leading commercial and consumer vehicle leasing provider in the region and highly regarded in the town. I am glad that the community and local businesses are coming together to support both the Southend-On-Sea and Southend Airshow & Military Festival.



Toomey Motor Group

In 1929 a young man by the name of Joseph Toomey, in true entrepreneurial spirit, opened a new business, Laindon Accumulators, in Laindon, Essex, selling motor cycles. Thus was born the Company which is so well known in Essex, as “Toomeys”. From this fledgling enterprise grew the Laindon Holdings Group of Companies.

The Royal Air Force Typhoon Display Team

The 2014 Typhoon Display is flown by 29 (Reserve) Squadron from RAF Coningsby. It showcases the incredible performance of the aircraft and also demonstrates the dedication, professionalism and excellence of the RAF personnel who fly, maintain and support Typhoon operations in the UK and across the world.

Southend Airshow and Military Festival

Southend Airshow started in May 1986 and is one of Europe’s largest free airshows, 2013 would have marked its 28th year. It was cancelled by Southend-On-Sea borough Council in 2013 and a small team of individuals are now working to return the event to Southend with private finance.

Southend Airshow CIC

Southend Airshow Community Interest Company was formed in July 2013 to create and run the Southend Airshow and Military Festival, it’s directors are John Delaney, Thomas Curtis and Nora Goodman MBE.


Airshow Bear name selected, meet Gibson!


The official Southend Airshow & Military Festival Bear has been on sale for nearly two months and has seen orders from all over the UK, and even from New Zealand!

Designed and produced by Service Sponsor Teddy Station, the official bear has everything he needs to take to the skies 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. However he lacked one thing – a name!

We launched a competition in conjunction with The Echo newspaper and Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome to find a name for our mascot. After working through the numerous entries, we are proud to announce that the winning name is Gibson.

The name Gibson was chosen to pay tribute to Guy Penrose Gibson Wing Commander of 617 Squadron, better known as the Dam Busters. 617 Squadron has recently retired from active duty and will return in 2015 as the first Squadron to fly the new Lighting II aircraft.

The winning name was selected by Marian Outram, Marian will receive her own Gibson bear to treasure, a tour of Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome and a flight in a Tiger Moth!

Marian had this to say on why she chose the name:

“I am so surprised that the name wasn’t chosen by a great many people. It just seemed so appropriate – especially with the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters. My first idea was Biggles, but that was far too obvious. Besides – our cat is called Biggles. There had been a program on TV that we had watched and of course it had mentioned the Dam Busters and Guy Gibson, and it just seemed so obvious a choice.“

She continued:

“Last year the guys at work were talking about the Southend Air Show and how great it was. A couple of them were making plans to go and see it and I had to tell them it had been cancelled. They were very shocked and could not understand the council’s reasoning, as it was a brilliant tourist attraction. I am sure the fall out from the cancellation took them completely by surprise. I certainly wish you all good luck for the future.”

Thomas Curtis had this to say:

“As a new dad I know that picking a name is tough, we were amazed at the number of fantastic entries we received from the community and we wanted to take our time to find that was just right. Gibson is a fantastic name, Marian has chosen a name that is both original and a fitting tribute to one of the great Squadrons of the Royal Air Force.”

John Delaney added:

“We had hundreds and hundreds of entries for the competition with lots of fantastic suggestions but in the end “Gibson” stood out and also seemed the most fitting especially as we choose the winner on the last day 617 Squadron flew before the RAF disband the famous Dambusters Squadron.”

You can buy your very own Gibson online or by visiting the Teddy Station in the Victoria Shopping Center.