The show must go on... at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire
The RAF has announced the end of the Waddington International Air Show. The news, while not a surprise, comes as a huge blow to the county - but we understand the reasons for the decision. RAF Waddington is in the front line of the country’s air defence and it is no longer a suitable venue to host a public event that attracts 130,000 spectators each year.
But there are other options in Lincolnshire. We have bases at Scampton and Coningsby, which could play a role and the RAF says it is willing to investigate at least one of these possibilities. We believe that a solution exists in this county which will enable us to stage a superb display and inspire the next generation of RAF recruits. It is important that happens.
We are the ‘Bomber County’. We have a unique relationship with the RAF. This county has supported the RAF through thick and thin, triumph and tragedy. The people of Lincolnshire took the RAF to their hearts long ago and that bond is still as strong today. Many would say that Lincolnshire is the spiritual home of the RAF. The Waddington air show came to symbolise that special relationship. And Lincolnshire does not want the connection to be broken.
Through this petition we are asking the RAF to do all it can to find a new home for an air show in Lincolnshire. Whatever challenges exist, the will is here in Lincolnshire to make these events a spectacular success, to bring the RAF and the community together like never before, to celebrate the heritage and achievements of the service and the role this county has played in both.
Sign here to show Lincolnshire’s support for the RAF… and to register your vote for an air show in this county to celebrate our special and enduring relationship with the service.