Great demand prompts airshow to extend closing date for online ticket sales

Great pre-show ticket sales for this year’s action-packed Battle of Britain Airshow have led to organisers extending the closing date for internet sales.The event takes place at Cotswold Airport this weekend (September 17 and 18) and, as with previous years, all sales of tickets ordered online were due to cease at midnight on the Monday before the event (last night).

However, demand for tickets this year has been so encouraging that organisers have decided to allow those wishing to attend to continue purchasing tickets online (through www.battleofbritainairshow.com) until midnight on Thursday (Sept 15).

Any ordered online before last night’s traditional deadline will be sent via post, but any ordered after will be collectable on the gate on the day they were purchased for.

The Spitfires and Lancaster of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and the Tiger Moths of the Tiger Nine display team are among the star attractions this year.

A Jet Provost T3 will also take to skies and, on the ground, there will be a traditional funfair and dedicated trade village, with greater local participation.

People wishing to attend are encouraged to buy their tickets in advance.

Contingency plans have also been made to cope with larger than usual numbers, as was experienced last year.

Event director Suzannah Harvey said: “We’re delighted with the pre-sales so far and it’s shaping up to be another great year.

“We’ve adopted contingency plans to cope with any demand for extra car parking and are also giving people the chance to buy their tickets online until just two days before the show.

“That way, it helps us gauge exactly how many people are coming. However, we will welcome anyone who makes a snap decision to attend on one of the days too.”

Among the other attractions at the event will be a replica Fokker DR.1 triplane, identical to that flown by the infamous/legendary World War One fighter ace the Red Baron.

It will be joined by an old adversary in the Sopwith triplane, while the RedHawks aerobatic duo, the South Cerney-based Renegades parachute team, an Antonov AN2 and a Bucker Jungmeister will also take to the skies.

Meanwhile, crowds will also be offered the chance to fly in a vintage airliner, courtesy of Classic Flight and its stunning de Havilland Dragon Rapide.

Cotswold Airport-based HH Helicopters will be offering pleasure flights too.

There will also be more than 100 classic vehicles, including around 40 vintage Bentleys, and around 50 military vehicles on display.

Tickets for the event are priced at £15, with children 16 and under admitted free.

As well as the airshow website (www.battleofbritainairshow.com); they are available from The Crown public house, West Market Place, Cirencester; Kemble Village Shop; and from the following Tourist Information Centres: Cheltenham, Chippenham, Cirencester, Corsham, Malmesbury, Stroud, Swindon, Tetbury, Warminster, Bath, Bourton-on-the-Water, Melksham, Trowbridge, Gloucester, Tewkesbury, Witney and Burford.

Local traders are also being offered heavily discounted rates for showground pitches.

For more information on trade stand rates, contact Suzannah Harvey at suzannah@cotswoldairport.com.

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