Mid Wales

Welshpool air show cancelled 'due to poor weather'

The Red Arrows Image copyright Duane Dibbly
Image caption The festival has seen Vulcan and Red Arrows displays

An annual Powys air show will not go ahead next year following two consecutive years of poor weather.

The Bob Jones Memorial Air Show and Transport Festival, held at Mid Wales Airport in Welshpool for the past 10 years, has been cancelled for 2018.

Airport owner Linda Jones said this year's "nasty showers" and rain in 2016 had seen visitor numbers dwindle from 10,000 to 2,000.

"You have your fixed costs but not the people paying at the gate," she said.

Image copyright Don Cawthra/Geograph
Image caption The airport, which hosts the decade-old festival, was built in 1990

She said the festival's committee of volunteers had unanimously voted to cancel next year's event but in the spring they would reassess whether it could be held in the future.

"British weather is unpredictable. It's sad but it's reality," she said.

"We hope we can do it again in the future."

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