Air festival could be the most exciting event for some time

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I was delighted to be invited to attend the launch of the proposed first-ever Air Festival in Portsmouth, which is planned for next August on Southsea Common.

I reckon it could be the most exciting thing to happen here in a while – and it’s all because of a Pompey lad who loves aircraft.

As a child, Maurice Snowdon had a bedroom full of model aeroplanes and was a member of the Air Training Corps.

Now 57, Maurice dreams of having real Spitfires and jets doing magnificent aerobatic displays over the seafront and city.

I can’t wait. The festival will be a marvellous boost for the community and local businesses.

But best of all, charities stand to benefit enormously. Brilliant!