Jersey air show suffers States grant setback

Organisers of the Jersey Air Show said they will "never work with the Economic Development Department again", after it did not receive its grant last year.

Deputy Mike Higgins, organiser for the past 17 years, said the States imposed new grant conditions and refused to pay the promised £90,000.

Economic Development Minister, Senator Alan Maclean, said they "did not get the necessary information in time".

"It is the management and governance which is a serious problem," he said.

Deputy Higgins has claimed that the department has been double-dealing with the funds, promising to help the air show while also in talks with another company about taking over the running of the display.

He said he even took out a loan secured on his own home to ensure the event went ahead.

This year's grant will now go to the Ports of Jersey, which Deputy Higgins hopes to work with, so the air show can go on.

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