Newcastle’s popular Festival of Flight to be expanded
Taken from the Mourne Observer article written by Michael Morrow.
The Festival of Flight in Newcastle is set to expand for 2018 after the councils Enterprise, Regeneration & Tourism committee recommended an increase in the events budget.
The air display element of the hugely popular festival is set to be spread over two days, on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August next year.
The additional money set to be allocated to the festival is £63000. It would mean an increase in the festivals budget from £77,000 to £140,000.
The Festival is one of a number of local events that have been earmarked for additional funding as the ERT committee has recommended an increase in the council’s events programme budget.
The 2017/18 budget was just over one million pounds, an investment that returned over £11m of economic impact on the Newry, Mourne & Down district.
By adding an additional £272,000 to the budget for the next financial year it is hoped an even greater return on the investment will be seen.
In most cases the events set to benefit from the additional spend are council organised.
(Admin note – The budget quoted is only from the council and does not take into consideration other additional sponsorship. The article expands to talk about other events in the NMD district in 2018 however I have kept it to only the Festival of Flight on this post)