Museum hopes for boost with return of show

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AFTER a two-year break, the Gosport Hovershow is back.

Hovercraft from as far away as New Zealand will be brought in especially for the event, which will run from April 30 to May 2.

It will be held at the Hovercraft Museum at the former HMS Daedalus in Lee-on-the-Solent.

There will be hovercraft rides and sea plane displays over the May Day bank holiday.

The museum will also open up its collection of hovercraft to the public, including those which have appeared in James Bond films, Top Gear and Scrapheap Challenge.

Organisers hope up to 5,000 people will visit the museum to give it a much-needed boost.

Museum trustee Warwick Jacobs said: ‘It’s going to be a big one for us.

‘We’re really pushing the boat out. This is to show we are here and we have a future.

‘The museum is unique; it is the only one of its kind in the world and we are looking forward to welcoming people here to see what we have.

‘There will be lots of old favourites like the hovering ice cream van from Top Gear and some new attractions too.’

Hovertravel will be arranging pleasure rides and charter flights from Southsea to the event.

Entry will cost £6 for adults, £4 for children or £20 for a family ticket. For more information call the museum on (023) 92552 090 or visit hovercraft-museum.org.