Air­show’s wings to be clipped on deal

Ayrshire Post - - NEWS -

Coun­cil bosses are ready to snub a cash plea to boost fund­ing for their big­gest an­nual event, writes Stu­art Wil­son.

The Scot­tish Air­show – which wants £ 300,000 per year from its main spon­sor – is set to be turned down in its bid.

Event or­gan­is­ers in­sist the money, signed over on a three- year con­tract, would pro­vide “long term sta­bil­ity” to keep the event fly­ing in South Ayr­shire.

But coun­cil chiefs, fac­ing cuts of £ 17 mil­lion on the hori­zon, are ready to back off any deal.

We told last month how of­fi­cials at County Build­ings coughed up £ 200,000 for the 2017 event at the Low Green.

They had spon­sored the show to the tune of just £ 25,000 in its in­au­gu­ral year in 2014.

Now or­gan­is­ers say an an­nual sum of £ 300,000 will al­low them to ex­pand to three days from next year.

Cash call Air­show crowds and coun­cil’s Jill Cronin, right

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