Kent developer Quinn Estates, based in Canterbury, has pledged £12,500 to the Herne Bay airshow, following an appeal from its organisers for local businesses to fill the £25,000 shortfall.
The free show, which attracted 80,000 people last year, will be headlined by the Red Arrows, Eurofighter and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight on Saturday, August 19th, for the third successive year.
Managing Director, Mark Quinn, who is also developing the former Herne Bay Golf Club, said:
“The people of Herne Bay have supported Quinn Estates in the town and it’s now time for Quinn Estates to support the local people. This is one of Herne Bay’s biggest events and the organisers do a fantastic job of securing prestigious aircraft for a show that is free to visitors. Local business support is crucial and we are delighted to help. Protecting a premier event for one of Kent’s best coastal towns is essential for the local economy.”
Gerald McCarthy, Senior Organiser of Herne Bay Airshow, said: "We'd like to thank Mark Quinn, of Quinn Estates for stepping in and helping ensure Herne Bay is in a position to stage Kent's biggest one-day event this summer. Quinn Estates has supported the town financially in many ways over the past few years, and we're all very grateful to Mark for allowing Herne Bay to demonstrate once again its capability to host one of the UK's best offshore airshows.”
In addition to the headliners, the Great War Display Team has also been booked for the event, featuring 10 British and German First World War replica aircraft. Visitors will also have the opportunity to visit the ‘Trench Experience’ – a converted 40ft container with the sights and sounds of a trench during the Great War, complete with actors.
Last year, a city council study found that the event ploughed almost £2million into the local economy, generating £1.8million worth of economic activity.
It isn’t the first time Quinn Estates has shown support in Herne Bay, having recently sponsored the launch event of ‘Hello Herne Bay’, a destination marketing campaign to sell the coastal town’s assets to wider Kent on behalf of Canterbury City Council.
Getting involved in the communities in which it works is a key part of the company ethos, which fosters a long term legacy for the betterment of the area. Quinn Estates was also the lead sponsor of the recent Wise Words Festival in Canterbury, a ten-day programme of talks, music and performances in the city centre.
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