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No 'BATTLEGROUP NORTH' SHOW at Elvington in 2016 or for Forseeable Future

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The 2016 and future shows have been cancelled until further notice.


Emailed press release from the committee today....


"Dear all,


It has been a hard decision to take, but the current organising committee, namely myself, Simon Roberts, Gary Docherty and Dave Reape, have decided to step down from the organisation of the Battlegroup north show for the foreseeable future. As you all know we have organised this show for quite a number of years now ( I think its 10 years or more) at the Yorkshire Air museum, Elvington. But, we have finally decided that the time has come for the show in its current format to have a rest. And we, like the show need a rest from it too.


There are many reasons for this decision, which we don’t need to go into here, but we felt that the show had possibly ‘had its best’ and in some ways we were starting to feel like we were starting to ‘flog a dead horse’. After discussion with the management of the museum, we all concluded that it was probably wise to have some time off from the big show, for all of us and for the sake of the future relationship between our two organisations.


Relations with the museum are still in good order, and we have already discussed the possibility of other events in the museum, but probably on a smaller scale, and at different times, so you can look forward to those in the not too distant future.


I’m sure you can appreciate the amount of work that goes into the organisation of a show such as this, and therefore I would like to extend my grateful thanks to Simon, Gary and Dave for all of their help, hard work, patience and imagination over the past years, we’ve all enjoyed doing it immensely and so felt that like all good champions it is a good time to stop whilst you are on top!


I would also like to thank very much, our hosts at the Yorkshire air museum, who have allowed us to use their facilities for all of these years, I’m sure that the Yorkshire MVT and the Yorkshire Air Museum have formed a very strong symbiotic relationship over these past years, and I hope that it will continue to the benefit of both.


I’m trying not to leave anybody out, and so would like to thank all helpers and organisers for the show during its long life span, you know who you are so thanks to one and all, the show wouldn’t have been the same without you.


If anybody feels that they would like to form a committee to take on the organisation of the show either in 2016 or beyond, please get in touch with me and I will be more than happy to help you get going, and to help with the liason with the museum and other suppliers etc. we have a great deal of information and experience so am happy to share it if you want to give it a try…..


Watch this space for future events I’m not convinced that those who have been putting the effort in over these past years will be entirely happy with all of the free time they now have!


With best wishes for a busy and successful 2016 season.


Brian Slingsby, and ‘the committee’ Simon, Dave and Gary."

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