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Next year's Dawlish Air Show has been cancelled

The Dawlish Air Show is off again Photo:

The Dawlish Air Show, which attracts 100.000 visitors, has been cancelled for the second year in a row.

The organisers are blaming a lack of funds and are criticising the local council for not supporting the free event.

The free event was a big boost to the town's economy Credit: ITV West Country

It is with much sadness that the Dawlish Air Show committee must announce that there wont be a Dawlish Air Show in 2017.

The committee has been working tirelessly to find sufficient funding to enable the air show to go ahead next year, but that search has failed to accrue any significant monies or donations.

The committee was extremely disappointed to fail in its search for funding for a free event run by volunteers that brings around 100,000 visitors in to the area and as a result significantly benefits businesses in Dawlish and other local communities.

It was especially frustrating seeing Teignbridge Council provide £149,000 towards the staging of the Radio One Big Weekend event at Powderham Castle earlier this year, which arguably didn’t benefit the Dawlish and Teignmouth local economies in any way at all.

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The Red Arrows were one of the show's highlights Credit: ITV West Country

The organisers say they will continue to seek funding during 2017 in an attempt to stage another Dawlish Air Show in the future but, in the meantime, they will continue to support events in the town and provide help with equipment, manpower and advice to the ‘Dawlish Celebrates’ carnival committee, should they need it.