Major Sussex event cancelled due to Covid-19

It has been announced today (Thursday) that an international airshow in Sussex has been cancelled.

Airbourne 2018 Red Arrows give a breathtaking display today (Photo by Jon Rigby) SUS-180821-074026001

Eastbourne council confirmed the‘inevitable’ cancellation of Airbourne 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

It was due to take place across four days in August but at a time when the coronavirus pandemic has impacted on planned events across the world, Eastbourne council leader David Tutt said he had to take the ‘sad but inevitable decision’ to cancel this summer’s seafront display.

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Councillor Tutt said, “I had been hanging onto the vain hope that Airbourne could take place this summer, but we have to accept that bringing hundreds of thousands of people together to watch the event is now out of the question.

“This is a sad but inevitable decision for me, but at a time when our incredible medical and care workers are on the frontline of this crisis saving lives, there are much bigger issues at stake.”

The senior council team which coordinates the event has been in regular dialogue with other airshow partners and from those discussions it is clear there is broad support and understanding for the decision to cancel Airbourne.

Penny di Cara, the leader of ther Conservative opposition group, said, “I fully support Councillor Tutt’s decision and I’m sure that everyone else, however disappointed they are, will also understand why hosting Airbourne this year is impossible.

“I have no doubt that when we fully overcome the challenges we face now, we will bounce back and make Airbourne 2021 the best ever.”

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