Friday, 11 June 2010


Margate’s Big Event is set to be only the second air show in the country to host a special 70th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Britain.

The news comes after it was announced that Margate would be the first UK stop for the world famous Red Arrows for 2010, with their appearance at the Big Event kicking off their display season.

Now it’s been confirmed that Margate will be one of the first places to showcase “A Moment of Eternity”, put together by Airsound, a display with Spitfires and a Messerschmitt 109 in the air, along with a moving commentary.

Commentator Seán Maffett says: “We’ll have the very best pilots and aircraft flying in the sky. Over the speakers, you’ll be able to hear the words of Churchill and Hitler, and the mastermind of the Battle of Britain, Sir Hugh Dowding. You’ll also be hearing the facts, thoughts, feelings - and surprises - that go to make up this vitally important historical event.”

Entry to Margate’s Big Event will be £2.00 on both Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 June. As well as the display from the Red Arrows and the “Moment of Eternity” commemoration, there will be a full programme of flying on both days. On the ground, visitors can enjoy live music, street performances and entertainers. Tickets are now on sale for Margate’s Big Event at the Margate Visitor Information Centre at 12-13 The Parade, Margate. The event programme goes on sale at the VIC from Friday 11 June and will cost £3.00. The VIC is open from 10am until 5pm seven days a week.

Cllr. Martin Wise, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said: “Margate’s Big Event is really shaping up to be the best yet, with the news that we’re going to be amongst the first in the country to be able to enjoy this unique commemoration of the Battle of Britain. Of course, the crowds coming to this year’s Big Event will also be the first in the UK to witness this season’s display by the Red Arrows.”

The event will be open from 10am until 10pm on the Saturday and from 10.30am to 6pm on the Sunday. Ticket holders will be able to leave and return to the site as often as they want throughout each day and there is no additional charge for the concert on the Saturday evening for ticketholders.

Visitors to the event with large quantities of alcohol will not be allowed in and only assistance dogs will be allowed into this year’s event, as previous experience has shown that it is not suitable for dogs.

For more information about the Big Event, go to or call 01843 577577.

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