FEARS that the Farnborough Airshow could be grounded by the weather were given short shrift by the organisers this week.

Lindsey Hart, spokeswoman for the Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC), said on July 8 that the weather would have to be terrible for the show to be called off.

"It would have to be very, very, very bad weather and have cloud under 200ft.

"Indeed one of the reasons why the show was moved from September to July was to reduce the risk of this type of thing happening."

Former BBC weatherman Bill Giles recently predicted that the weather from July 20-26 will be dry, warm and sunny due to high pressure over southern England, but for the period extending into the public weekend it will be "rather mixed".

Lindsey said the Airshow weather was rainy in 2000 and the only change the SBAC had to make was to advise people to come by bus or train.

Describing the last show's success, she said: "Some 130,000 people came over the two public days and that was with horrendous rain on the Friday before the public Saturday."

Looking forward to this year, she was upbeat: "We are still expecting 100,000 people to turn up."