'Only right, lead by example' - reader reaction as council confirms members will pay for hospitality at Sunderland Airshow

Will you be going to the airshow this year?
Will you be going to the airshow this year?

Echo readers have welcomed the news that Sunderland councillors will have to pay the same price as the public for hospitality at the city's airshow.

The event, which is celebrating its 30th year, takes place on July 27, 28 and 29.

In previous years, councillors were able to enjoy food and drink at a "subsidised cost" - but Coun John Kelly, the council's cabinet member for communities and culture, told the Echo that members will be charged the same ticket price as members of the public if they wish to visit the hospitality tent.

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Sunderland Council confirmed its position after a question from the public regarding the expense of catering for members.

Heather Fagan, a campaigner for the Liberal Democrats who asked the question, welcomed the announcement.

The annual event - a huge highlight in the city's cultural calendar - brings millions of people to Wearside

Here's how you reacted to the story on Facebook:

Dot Lawson Brown: "About time it was stopped, all refreshments should be stopped at council meetings, if they need a drink they should take it with them, just like the rest of us."

Irene Rutherford: "Not before time, other free meals should be stopped as well."

Jan Bird: "Only right, lead by example!"

Christine Holbourn: "They're no different to us they should have been paying all the time."

Patsy Murray: "And rightly so. Everyone else has to pay their way ... just think of the money saved."

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Tom Nelson: "No different to any member of the general public."

Sharon Simpson: "They can get a burger and chips from the van."

Claire Smith: "Hope they’re paying for parking too!"

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Glynis Ayers: "Only right."