Sunderland Airshow will not go ahead this summer due to 'continuing uncertainty' around Covid

Council bosses have announced the Sunderland Airshow will not go ahead this summer, due to 'continuing uncertainty' surrounding Covid.

The event, which attracts thousands of people to Sunderland's coastline, has been cancelled for the last two years.

Sunderland City Council says infrastructure and contracts would need to be in place now to allow the event to go ahead, which it believes doesn't make 'financial sense' at this point in the pandemic.

It is also rethinking its events programme following feedback from residents on what they would like to see in the future.

The Leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Graeme Miller, said: "We know from our own experience and that of other event organisers over the last 22 months just how difficult Covid makes it to plan for events, particularly when it comes to large scale events with a long lead in time such as the Sunderland Airshow. 

"Because of the nature of the airshow and the infrastructure and contracts that need to be put in place to support it, we have reached the stage where we would need to commit now to allow the event to go ahead this summer which we just don’t feel able to do that at the moment. It simply doesn’t make financial sense at this point in time to make such a commitment given the current uncertainty around the pandemic and the fact that we don’t where we are likely to be with Covid come the summer.

Sunderland International Airshow is one of the biggest free annual airshows in Europe Credit: North News

"However residents can rest assured that events remain as important to this city as ever as our own events programme and those of our partners continue to grow and evolve, attracting exciting new events which appeal to residents and visitors alike."We also recognise that it’s vital to listen to residents and to refresh our events programme from time to time which is why we held our Let's Talk events consultation in the summer to give residents the opportunity to give their views on our events programme and the type of new events they would like to see in our city.

“We know that residents are keen for there to be new and different events in the city and ones that they can take part in as well as attend with family and friends. This is also in line with the ambitions set out in our City Plan around more people getting physically active. So we’d urge people to keep an eye out for details of exciting new events which will be announced in coming months.”