The Hull Daily Mail has stepped up its fight to bring Concorde to Yorkshire, with a direct plea to British Airways boss Lord Marshall.
As part of its Let’s Land Concorde campaign the paper has sent him an open letter calling for the Yorkshire Air Museum to become the retirement home for the supersonic jet.
It was handed to Lord Marshall, who is chairman of the airline, ahead of a crucial meeting to decide the fate of the seven-strong fleet of planes.
Penned by Mail editor John Meehan, the letter outlines why the museum at Elvington, near Pocklington, should be chosen ahead of rival bids from places such as Bristol, London, Cambridgeshire, Kent and Shropshire.
John wrote: “For more than three decades, Concorde has graced our skies and deserves a dignified future. And that is why its new home should be at the Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington.
“From humble beginnings in 1983, when a group of volunteers first made plans for a museum, the facility is now home to more than 40 aircraft.
“Undoubtedly, Concorde would add to an already superb collection. More importantly, unlike others, the museum has an infrastructure in place to cater for such a large and prestigious aircraft.
“Its 10,000ft of tarmac is the key to allowing the public to view Concorde in all its glory.
“The museum has an extensive 23 acres of land, sizeable hangars in which to house the supersonic aircraft and impressive expansion plans.
“The region has already proved that it is a world-leader with such groundbreaking projects as The Deep in Hull. Moreover, the enthusiasm of the staff at Elvington is matched by people across the Yorkshire region who have a real feeling of affection for the supersonic airliner.
“I believe the case for Elvington is overwhelming and you will not find a more fitting home for Concorde.”
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