The Friends of the Guernsey Air Display initiative is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.
The ‘Friends of’ initiative was set up as an affordable way for the public to become part of the event and help bring the aircraft to the skies of St Peter Port.
A bespoke Guernsey Air Display pin badge is produced each year. This year’s badge has been designed with the 10th anniversary in mind and showcases the Red Arrows in line with the historic Royal Air Force logo. Previous notable designs include 2019’s 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain which featured the instantly recognisable Spitfire.
Darrel Bertrand, has been a Friend for ten years. Concerning the anniversary, he said: “I feel a sense of pride knowing my contributions have played a small part towards the event’s success. In 2018, I persuaded my brother Wayne to become a Friend too, so it has become a family effort to show our support.
“The Air Display is a staple event in Guernsey’s calendar and I would encourage anyone who enjoys watching this wonderful event to join my family, and many others, in playing a part to make this happen.”
It costs £15 to be a Friend of the Guernsey Air Display. Within this membership package, you get a pin badge, your name listed on the website and in the programme, and the opportunity to win one of three pairs of VIP tickets to attend the reception at Castle Cornet.
Natalie Davidson, from the Guernsey Air Display Foundation, said: “More than 80% of the event is publicly funded and we rely heavily on Guernsey’s community spirit. The Friends of initiative is an affordable way for members of the public to have a closer relationship with the display and I hope to see more people join as we celebrate the scheme’s 10th anniversary.”
There are a number of different options to support the Guernsey Air Display including the Friends of initiative, consortium memberships and a corporate friend. Click here for more information.