Show will go on say organisers of Gransden

Organisers of the annual air show at Little Gransden say the show will go on this weekend.
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Speculation had been rife after the tragedy at Shoreham last Saturday that the show may be cancelled.

But organisers confirmed this week that the show will still be taking place on Sunday at the airfield at Fullers Hill farm.

Proceeds from the show will be supporting Children in Need and local charities.

There will be some changes, however. A Hawker Hunter, similar to the one flown by pilot Andy Hill, above right, at Shorehem will be replaced with a Yak-11 and a display will go ahead.

And organisers are also asking people to only view the aerial displays from the grounds of the air show.

In a statement they said:”The organising team takes great care to ensure its air shows are as safe as possible for everyone involved.

“It is not safe to occupy the fields immediately surrounding the airfield, with the exception of accessing of public car parks, during the flying segment of the air show. If you do so you are putting yourself and the display pilots in harm’s way.

“ In the event of an incident it is imperative that the emergency services have clear, unhindered access to the tracks across the surrounding land.

“We are aware of various public footpaths and byways in the area however there is no public access to the fields at any time.

“We go to great lengths to ensue that any incidents with aircraft leave pilots with as many opportunities as possible to keep aircraft away from the public should an incident occur.

“Viewing the show from outside of the designated showground area negates this safety measure and in certain circumstances could cause the flying to be cancelled whilst areas are made safe.”

And they also sent a message to the families and friends of the 11 killed in last weekend’s air crash saying;”The LG Team would like to express our condolences to those involved in the Shoreham disaster, and hope that pilot Andy Hill will recover.”

The Little Gransden show has been running since 1992 and so far has raised more than£242,000 for charity.

The Air & Car Show will include over four hours of vintage and aerobatic flying displays, a vintage, veteran and classic vehicle rally plus numerous other attractions.

Among the attractions away from the aircraft and cars is Bubounce, an eight-piece ska band from Bedfordshire.

This lively band with its own brass section including the trombone and saxaphone, will be bringing ‘hipster’ fourth generation ska to the stage, covering songs ranging from Madness and The Specials, to the Toots and the Maytals, as well even have some of their own original songs up their sleeves.

The airshow kicks off at 10am, ticket only entrance.

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