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The rally will mark one year since it was announced the airport would close

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SUPPORTERS campaigning to reopen Manston airport will hold a rally next week to mark a year since it was announced the airfield would close.

Organisers have dubbed the event the “Monumanstonal March”, which will take place on March 19, exactly 12 months after staff at the airport were told the site would close.

The rally will take place at 6pm outside the airport. Entertainment is expected in the form of the Kensei Taiko Japanese drummers.

Stagecoach bus tycoon Ann Gloag closed Manston last May, axing 150 workers in the process. The airport had been losing a reported £10,000 per day.

Current owners, Discover Park chiefs Chris Musgrave and Trevor Cartner, acquired a majority stake in the site in September.

Mr Musgrave and Mr Cartner are planning to oversee a £1 billion redevelopment of the former airport, with the aim of providing 4,000 jobs across a mixed use development.

Last Thursday, the Government announced it will appoint a consultant to review decisions taken so far on the future of Manston Airport.

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