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Sywell Airshow 2016 CANCELLED
Following many enquires it is with regret that we would like to confirm that the biennial Sywell Airshow will not be taking place in 2016.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those that have supported us over the years and helped us raise many thousands of pounds for the Air Ambulance and other deserving Charities.
Hopefully Sywell Airshow may return at some point in the future but in the mean time we hope that there will be a smaller, more intimate, event in August. Keep an eye on the Sywell Aerodrome website for details.
With best wishes from the Sywell Airshow Team.
Sywell Airshow Soars!
A record number of 10,000 people attended the Sywell Great War Airshow, held on the 17th August 2014, which for the first time ever, was sold out in advance.
The Airshow suffered somewhat from unseasonable weather which unfortunately grounded the two Best of British Lancaster bombers due to appear, however the majority of display acts took to the skies in often very tricky conditions to thrill the public with aerobatics and more.
From Mustang and Spitfire fighters, Canberra and Gnat jets to 1930s biplanes and even a glider, the show had something for everyone. It began with an aircraft Poppy drop adjacent to re-enactors in WW1 uniforms, followed by a minute's silence to remember those who lost their lives in The Great War.
An airshow spokesman said "Our pilots displayed superbly despite adverse wind conditions. We were all disappointed that the Lancasters could not attend, but everyone respected the decision not to risk such grand old ladies in marginal conditions. The crowd were thrilled with this year's lineup and the Red Arrows were the icing on the cake.
For many, however, our simple act of Remembrance brought a tear to their eye. We welcomed the largest ever numbers of visitors to Sywell having been amazed that we sold out in advance - and are very grateful for everyones' support - thank you"
The Sywell Air Show was not the last our British traditions to be discontinued. The Covid epidemic caused the cancellation of innumerable shows, fetes, concerts, and all forms of entertainment and sadly many of them died as a result as funds ran out and volunteers moved on to other things.
Even the British pub suffered dreadfully. Along with hot food outlets and restaurants they were forced to close; funds ran out, stock spoiled, employees were lost. Some pubs and fast food outlets were able to keep going as long as hot food was taken straight to the customers' homes by couriers; but arranging this and employing drivers at such short notice, as well as arranging the right food courier delivery insurance, was never an easy task, and the owners of food outlets had little knowledge of just how long the crisis would last for so long term planning was not possible.
Air shows were always a regular attraction during my youth; but so many of the airfields they flew from are now housing or industrial estates so yet more of our history has disappeared.