Having been roused from my Buckfast in bed twice this morning by the sound of knackered old jumbos roaring feet over the old Kent pegs, I thought I'd see if there was anything on the internet telling me just what Infratil, the airport's owners, put back into the community in recompense for all this disturbance.
Nothing, nix, nada when it came to Manston. But in their home country of New Zealand they're planning to erect a 'Wellywood' sign near Wellington Airport to celebrate the Kiwis' burgeoning film industry. Infratil's website boasts:
Wellington Airport is a big supporter of the capital’s film industry. It’s a relationship that has steadily grown since the industry began to flourish around 17 years ago. The Airport is part of the film industry’s essential infrastructure.
Construction of the sign, which will measure 28m by 3,5m, is expected to be completed in June.
Now this got me thinking. What with an annual Fannit International Film Festival, two other film festivals run by those nice Beeping Bush people in Margate, another film festival rumoured for Ramsgate, and Medb Films down by our Royal Harbour, surely Infratil could treat us to our own 'Fannywood' sign here in the tip of Kent?
On second thoughts, though, we did have a very large, airport related sign round here recently, didn't we?