Record-setting air show brings massive boost to Clacton economy

Successful Clacton Air Show brings crowds flocking to the town

Successful Clacton Air Show brings crowds flocking to the town

First published in News

BUSINESS is booming in Clacton after a record 200,000 flight fans flocked to the coast for the resort’s “best ever” air show.

The high-flying event saw the spectacular Red Arrows, the mighty Vulcan and the last airworthy pair of Lancaster bombers take to the skies above West Greensward on Thursday and Friday.

It is estimated to have brought in more than £5million for the district’s economy.

Organisers reported record numbers, with all three of the car parks provided by Tendring Council full – there were even 70 boats moored out at sea for the show.

More than 10,000 programmes were sold throughout the two-day event, which was twice as many as last year.

Bosses said the event had “virtually paid for itself”, although final figures were not yet in.

Clacton Town Partnership chairman Darren Bradwell, who also owns Bradwell’s Cafe in High Street, believes the whole summer has been fruitful for the town.

“We have seen decent business throughout the whole summer, but we have been snowed under for the last couple of weeks."

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