Flying Man Festival soars to top heights

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Despite the poor weather, this year’s much-anticipated Flying Man Festival in Pocklington was one of the most successful yet, attracting around 1,000 people and raising over £8,000 for All Saints’ Church.

The Flying Man Festival, inspired by the 18th Century showman Thomas Pelling, who died attempting to fly from the top of the church tower, is a vital fundraiser for All Saints’ and is a regular highlight of the town’s year.

Emma abseils down All Saints' Church tower.

Emma abseils down All Saints' Church tower.

Tony Farmer, treasurer at All Saints’ Church, said: “It’s hard to say exactly how much has been raised but it’s over £8,000; that’s above average and we’re really happy with it.

“There was a quiet couple of hours on Saturday afternoon when it was raining, but Sunday morning was brilliant, with loads of people coming.

“We are delighted with how the festival went, particularly given the weather, and the money will be a tremendous help to the church in paying its running costs and maintenance. Thank you to everyone who supported the festival.”

See this Thursday’s paper (16 May) for the full story and more pictures.