Report by James Franklin , Reporter
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
WESTON Super HeliDays will return to the town this year after a two-year absence.
The 2012 event will be held at The Helicopter Museum in Locking Moor Road on July 21 and 22, as opposed to on the resort’s seafront where previous events have been held.
Organisers have said they are determined to keep the event alive to ‘continue waving the flag’ of Weston’s aeronautic past for future generations.
The annual event has previously attracted display teams and helicopters from air forces and companies from around the world, and celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2010.
But last year’s Beach Lawns-based extravaganza was cancelled by charity HeliDays’ 92 due to spiralling costs and a lack of grant money, despite the fact that the previous year’s event had attracted a record crowd.
A smaller event, called Weston Super Mini-HeliDays, was held last July instead.
But the show will return to Weston in its full size this year, and will move from the seafront to the museum’s Weston Airfield site.
A team from the German Navy is already confirmed for the event, while a number of other public, private and commercial helicopters will also take part.
More contributors and the event schedule will be announced nearer to the event.
The aircraft are set to arrive on July 20, and will remain at the museum until July 23.
Museum restoration manager Rod Holloway, who has acted as head aircraft marshal for the previous 10 events, said: “We are very pleased to be keeping this long running aviation event alive, even though we have had to relocate it from the Beach Lawns due to the recession and rising costs.
“Weston has almost 60 years of helicopter tradition, from manufacturing to the museum and we need to continue waving the flag for future generations.”