Claims that air show made £582,000 loss

This summer’s Great Yarmouth Air Show is reported to have made a loss of £582,000 from

the two day air event held on June 16th and 17th.  Organised by the Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area, (GYTABIA), with businesses paying a levy to fund the event, it has been reported the air show accounts show income from park and ride systems was £100,000 down on what was predicted.

It is said that next year’s overall budget for the tourism body will have a £60,000 shortfall.

The accounts were leaked to BBC Radio Norfolk and air show organiser David Marsh said that the event is due to go ahead in some form next year, but will probably not be over a two day period but over the course of the summer in a series of linked aerial events.

An example of future events could be a one off display of the Red Arrows, which cost £30,000 to book for this summer’s event.

It has also been said that some traders, especially ones that come into the town for the weekend show, did not make the profit they hoped to.


Teachers reveal abuse they get from parents on social media

It has been revealed that teachers are on the receiving end of false accusations, lies and abusive behaviour from teachers on social media site facebook.

One headteacher revealed lies had been spread about him acting inappropriately towards children and he had even been depicted in an image online as the Devil, and was regularly sworn at walking down the street, whilst another head at a north Norfolk high school, said he had been called a “Nazi”, “Hitler” and a “disgrace to humanity” online for enforcing a stricter uniform policy and had been falsely accused of manhandling a year 11 girl.

It comes as teachers face an explosion in online abuse.

Scott Lyons, National Education Union (NEU) spokesman for Norfolk, said teachers approach him every month about things parents said about them online, and though parents have always had opinions about teachers and schools, it has now moved away from the playground to social media.

This behaviour has worsened over the last two years with some cases having to be reported to the police. Parents can be banned from the school and asked to remove the social media post, but Mr Lyons said once a false accusation was made it has a big impact on teachers, affecting their mental health and confidence, as well as having to teach a pupil knowing the parent is waging a campaign against them.

Chairman of struggling mental health trust to step down

Gary Page has been chairman at Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT) for six years, and was a non-executive director for a year before that, but his term of office is drawing to a close, and he will leave NSFT next year.

Mr Page has been chairman throughout many changes at the trust, including the radical redesign of services which led to cuts in bed numbers and staff and the trust being rated as inadequate by inspectors twice in that time.

At a board of directors meeting held in Ipswich yesterday Mr Page said that although it had been a very difficult few years for the organisation, he had always been enormously proud of the hard work and dedication of the amazing staff who do an incredible job in often very difficult circumstances.

NSFT’s council of governors will now start the process of finding a new chairman, panels of stakeholders including staff, service users, carers and partner organisations, will meet candidates shortlisted for the role and provide feedback to the interview panel, led by the senior independent director, Tim Newcomb.

Following a recommendation from the panel, it is expected that the governors will approve a new chairman in December, who will then take over from Mr Page after a short handover period.



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