Lord Howe, the Minister of State for the Ministry of Defence, has written to Sir Edward Leigh, the Member of Parliament for the Gainsborough Constituency, to confirm RAF Scampton could be the home of the county’s Air Show as early as 2017.
With operational activity and increased security threats, the Air Show at RAF Waddington, south of Lincoln, has come to an end and it will not be possible in the future, the minister confirms.
But looking toward retaining the air show within the county the minister writes: “Careful consideration has been given to an alternative venue in Lincolnshire which could host an annual RAF air show in future... there may be potential to hold an air show at RAF Scampton but this will not be possible until 2017 at the earliest.”
The minister stresses that at this stage no firm decisions have been taken.
Sir Edward commented: “I am grateful to the minister taking the time to update me on the current position.
“I will continue to press the case for RAF Scampton to be made the future home of the county’s air show. As the home of the respected Red Arrows squadron, and with its proximity to the Lincolnshire Showground, I think that it could make an ideal location; particularly if security concerns require an off-base location for much of the public areas of a show.”
Sir Edward’s letter to the minister was made following a request for an update by the Conservative Leader of West Lindsey District Council, Coun Jeff Summers, who responded to the minister’s comments saying: “This is really good news.
“West Lindsey District Council has ambitious plans to support our tourism sector and we really want to see it develop, grow and flourish. To have an RAF Air Show in the district would have real knock on effects for our tourism industry. As a council we stand ready to assist to help make this happen.”