Owners putting airfield shows under review

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THE future of major events at Rougham Airfield is under review.

The airfield is part of Rougham Estate and the decision follows the death in June of its owner Sir John Agnew, who is succeeded by his brother George.

Estate manager Melvin Cocksedge said: “The thing is under review at the moment but the intention is to keep the space open and continue to use it as an airfield. There will be no further comment from us until we have reviewed the whole thing.

“We have no intention of closing the site.”

Events manager Gary Newland said the estate would not be holding its own events in 2012, which included the annual air show, but he was already in negotiations with organisers of other events for the coming year.

John Dean, chairman of The Friends of Rougham Airfield, said the air shows were initiated in the 1990s by the Rougham Tower Association, before the estate took them over.

Mr Dean added: “The control tower is now an airfield museum and will continue as a charity for years to come given sufficient support.

“This is a time for all to explore future options on fund raising since new income streams will be required to replace the major shows.”

The tower association is holding a small show around the control tower on Saturday and Sunday.

Rougham Airfield was home to the USAAF 322nd and 94th Bomb Groups during the Second World War.

The tower has been restored by the association since 1993 and is now open every Sunday from May to the Last Sunday in October.

This year the airfield’s own shows included its first 4x4 show, model aircraft display and West Suffolk Country Fair, plus events organised by outside organisations.