This was the 26th year we have raised monies for local charities and Children In Need.
Like all other airshows in the UK since the Shoreham disaster our attendance figures were down as compared to previous years. However this did not stop us delivering 10 x £500 cheques to local children’s groups, Gamlingay Football Colts, Waresley Cricket Club, EACH (East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice), Gamlingay Rainbow Pre-school Playgroup, Barnabas Oley Primary School, Bridget Smith Trustee for Forward Gamlingay Youth Club, Great Gransden Playgroup, Gamlingay First School, and Frazer Allison a local fundraiser on behalf of Sue Ryder and St Johns charities.
The balance went to Children In Need, the BBC’s National charity. Over the years we have raised in the region of £320,000. This years presentation was at Colne Valley Railway museum with Susie Fowler-Watt and David Whiteley hosting.
The show is total managed by volunteers putting in their own spare time. In some case time they don’t have spare!.
Everyone who has helped us needs a thank you and whilst I write I apologies to those not mentioned.
Where do I start, well our committee for turning out to meetings on the dark nights of winter at Gransden.
Many if not all our display pilots fly for zero and hugely reduced fees as they know every bit of spare money goes to worthy causes. Thanks.
We have approx. 350 classic cars on site, these guys do pay to attend as its a great day out for the family and a chance to show your pride and joy to the public.
Our FDD and FCC committee who over see the flying on the day.
Behind the scenes sponsors like Lysander Scaffolding Services who build the crows nest for Ken Ellis commentary.
Mike Upson from Flight Line Services Oxford for the fuel bowser with Mike Upson collecting it
Mark Weatherhead for on site set up transport.
Abbotsley Hotel and golf club for pilot accommodation and golf buggies.
Damian Burke for web site design and hosting, that’s a never-ending task as I know it.
Flypast magazine for advertising and reporting
Mick George rubbish disposal
SATCO, Frank Marston, assisted by John and Pete Loweth
Cambridgeshire Police, Tony Perryman Lay preacher, and many more.
And thank you everyone and those not mentioned and of course YOU for putting your hands in pockets and visiting on the day.
If you can’t visit and want to support us, just buy a ticket.
The 2018 show is on the 26th August. Tickets and info here.