Yorkshire Air Museum Wins Award For Excellence
10:41am 23rd May 2013
Yorkshire Air Museum Wins Highly Commended Accolade at VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2013.
The ‘French in York’ Festival, organised in October 2011, with the support of the City of York Council and businesses across the city, has won a third major award for the Allied Air Forces Memorial &Yorkshire Air Museum. This follows on from Ian Reed, Museum Director, being voted as York Tourism Ambassador 2012 for the international profile the event generated, followed later by being judged Best Tourism Event in the prestigious regional Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards 2012. This triumph qualified the event to compete on the national stage and came away with the Highly Commended Award at the VisitEngland Awards Ceremony, held by Visit England at The Point, Lancashire County Cricket Ground, Trafford, Manchester.
The festival of ten special events in five days culminated in the inauguration of the first French Memorial in an English cathedral at York Minster. The Memorial to the two unique French Squadrons which operated out of RAF Elvington, was attended by thousands of people including diplomatic and military chiefs, French and British service personnel and senior politicians, as well as veterans their families and the general public. The Inauguration at York Minster culminated in a flypast of 17 French and British military aircraft including the latest Rafale and Typhoon fighters and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Lancaster bomber.
Commenting on the Award James Berresford VisitEngland’s Chief Executive said: “It is a great achievement to win a Highly Commended Award in a field of very high quality applications. The Award places Yorkshire Air Museum in the top five businesses for excellence in their category in England. I hope this success will encourage them to go for Gold in 2014. I warmly congratulate them".
Museum Director, Ian Reed, said: “The responses to this event from the general public and businesses both in France and UK has been tremendous. Diplomatic and political chiefs also confirmed the international importance of this event in building Anglo French collaboration, and has already opened up the way for future developments at many levels.”
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