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Flying Bear Gets an Ace Reception in Eastbourne

12 July 2017

Eastbourne Airshow’s brand new furry mascot, Ace the Air Bear, has landed in town to help celebrate Airbourne’s 25th birthday and raise money for flying displays and good causes.

Ace the AirBear


The brand new mascot, named recently in a Facebook competition, landed in town last week and has begun making new friends already at a visit to Eastbourne’s St John’s Meads Primary School.

The cheeky flying bear will be out and about before and during Airbourne, helping to raise money for the ‘Give a Quid’ bucket collection in Airbourne’s 25th year, with donations helping to fund flying displays and good causes in Sussex.

Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Tourism and Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister said “Ace has been out and about making friends already and seems to be going down a storm. He’s going to be very busy during Airbourne and he hopes to raise lots of money for worthy causes locally, as well as supporting the future of the airshow. As a free show, the bucket collections are vital in sustaining Airbourne for years to come.”

Ace the Air Bear was named following a Facebook competition with over 400 entries, and the lucky winners will be enjoying a VIP day at this year’s show. Ace will be accompanying bucket collectors throughout Airbourne, giving out stickers and meeting children.

Airshow fans can also follow him on social media with ‘where’s the bear?’ style competitions, pop-up prize giveaways across town, selfie’s and meet and greet opportunities.

Airbourne is a free show and is funded every year through souvenir programme sales, sponsorship, hospitality, exclusive seating and income from trade stands, catering and concessions. This year’s sponsors include Caffyns Volvo, Specsavers, More Radio and Boundless by CSMA.

However to keep Airbourne flying high, donations, which last year topped over £30,000, help organisers to book the bigger flying displays, which this year include three Red Arrows performances, the Typhoon, Chinook, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and Belgian F-16.

Bucket collections at the event are organised by Don Perman, Steve Newman and the Rotary clubs of Sovereign Harbour, Hailsham and Eastbourne, with 30% of the proceeds being donated to three local causes; Memory Lane, Age Concern – Eastbourne and The Charles Hunt Centre.

To assist with collections during the airshow, email or telephone 01323 479713.

Airbourne returns from 17 – 20 August and entry is free. For more information and to donate online visit or follow the bear at ‘Eastbourne Airshow’ on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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