12 MARCH 2012
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You’ve got to give UK Transport Minister Justine Greening her due. The lady really entered into the spirit of the evening. Guest of Honour at last week's AOA annual dinner she was aware that Southend Airport, or the Stobart Group if you like, has offered Ed Anderson, AOA Chairman, £200 each time the speaker mentioned the airport, the money going to the night's chosen charity, the Orbis flying eye hospital.
“Yes I was at Southend Airport this morning to open the new terminal,” she said. “I took the train to Southend.” She noted that Southend made her welcome, and that there was a new air route from Southend to Dublin. Ed thanked her for her support of Southend and she said that Southend was a fine airport. No mention of the pier.
The evening raised £12,234, including £2,200 from Southend Airport, towards the costing of fitting out the new Orbis DC10, which, it was pointed out, would not be based at Southend.
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