Clacton Airshow is a finalist in a prestigious awards ceremony celebrating the very best of outdoor events. Tendring’s premier event, which attracts around 250,000 visitors over two days each August, has been shortlisted in the 2019 National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA) Awards. Clacton Airshow is in the running for Event of the Year (Public Sector), and hopes to land the prize. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 27 November.

Alex Porter, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism at Tendring District Council, which runs Clacton Airshow, said the shortlisting was fitting recognition for the event. “Of course I believe Clacton Airshow is worthy of winning the award, and I eagerly await the awards next month to learn if we have achieved top spot,” Councillor Porter said. “The Airshow is a fantastic event, and I am delighted to confirm it will be returning again next summer on 27-28 August – so get the dates in your diary now. Full credit must go to the Airshow team who work so hard to make the event happen, and the complete success it is.

Susan Tanner, NOEA Chief Executive, said: “This year again saw an increase in entries, and the quality of the submissions was also very high. Because of this we had a longer finalist list, and it’s been a real challenge for our judges to decide on the three or four shortlisted in each category.

Alistair Turner, Chairman of the Judging Panel, added: “The entries were again incredibly strong this year and shows our industry in really good health. We’ve been particular impressed by the increase in entries from the public sector, as well as a host of new and innovative supplier businesses. It is a huge achievement for those shortlisted and we look forward to seeing who is named as winners.”