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Weekly’s petition to save air show delivered to Parliament

A 2,000-name petition calling on a major air show to be saved has been submitted to parliament by a weekly newspaper.

As previously reported on HTFP, the Lincolnshire Echo started the petition after the RAF announced it was axing the Waddington International Air Show permanently.

The air show has been running for 20 years and attracts more than 100,000 visitors over the two-day event each year.

Since the campaign began in September, a total of 2,071 readers had pledged their support and 1,022 people from across the UK and worldwide had left comments.

Sir Edward with the petition

Sir Edward with the petition

Now Gainsborough MP Sir Edward Leigh has submitted the Echo’s petition to parliament int the hope an alternative venue can be found.

The RAF has previously stated it was looking to “resolve” the air show’s cancellation.

Charles Walker, editor of the Echo, said: “The petition shows the strength of feeling within the local community.

“We are the Bomber County and we have a special relationship with the RAF.

“This county has supported the RAF through thick and thin, and people do not want to see that connection broken.”