Fundraisers help Doncaster Vulcan fly south

The Vulcan, which is set to appear at the Blackpool airshow
The Vulcan, which is set to appear at the Blackpool airshow

A fundraising surge has ensured the Vulcan bomber will fly from Doncaster to a major event on the South Coast next month.

It will now be making an appearance at the 2013 Bournemouth Air Festival on Sunday, September 1, thanks to the substantial sponsorship of Adrian Gunner of Merley House and the generous contributions from Lord Stephen Young

There had been fears that Vulcan XH558 – the world’s last flying example – would not be visiting due the cost of a display, which is over £10,000. That triggered a fundraising effort from the Bournemouth members of Vulcan to the Sky, who set up a Just Giving page and collected donations via Bournemouth Aviation Museum.

Maggie Keet, from Vulcan to the Sky, said: “It’s excellent news, in two weeks we hit the target. We’re looking forward to seeing her.”

Colston Nichols, who lives in Poole, Dorset, and flew on XH558, added: “It tugs at the old heart strings seeing it.”

The Bournemouth Air Festival will be taking place from August 29 to September 1.