The Yorkshire Air Museum has been named as a finalist in the prestigious Visit England Awards for Excellence 2013 in the category of Tourism Experience of the Year for the ‘French in York’ Festival, organised in October 2011, with the support of the City of York Council and businesses across the city. The Festival of 10 special events in 5 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
As a finalist, the Yorkshire Air Museum now goes forward to the glittering Awards Ceremony which is being held on 20 May 2013.
We will have to wait until then to find out which award we will receive! All finalists are guaranteed to win either a Gold, Silver, Bronze or Highly Commended Award.
Commenting on the finalists James Berresford, VisitEngland’s Chief Executive said: “I would like to congratulate all those nominated as VisitEngland Awards for Excellence finalists this year. We received 320 applications and the quality of submissions was higher than ever. It is therefore no small achievement for Yorkshire Air Museum to become a finalist and justifiably take credit and pride in earning a coveted place in the top five in their category in England. I wish everyone all the best for the final in May”.
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, it was also reflected in the agreement for York’s involvement with next year’s Tour de France”.