Flying start for new Aldi

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A NEW supermarket in Pocklington has made an impact already by donating £2,000 to help organise this year’s Flying Man Festival.

The Aldi store near The Balk is yet to open, but they have agreed to sponsor the upcoming aerial extravaganza.

The money will be used to help pay for the air show which is planned for the Sunday afternoon, 22 May, at 2pm when the The Real Aeroplane Company from Breighton will be performing above the town in a Bucker Jungmeister, Miles Magister, Ryan and a Triplane.

Tony Farmer, who is helping to organise the event, said “We are absolutely delighted that Aldi have agreed to help and support All Saints’ Church by sponsoring the air show for this event.

“They have agreed to sponsor £2,000 which is a fantastic amount and a great talking point for the local community.

“By sponsoring the air show Aldi has caused a real buzz among the local community and is now flying the flag for Pocklington at the Flying Man Festival.”

Other events planned for the festival weekend from 20-22 May include hot air balloon flights, birds-of-prey demonstrations, radio-controlled aircraft demonstrations, ascents on All Saints’ Church tower, abseiling from the tower, flying teddy bears and trampolining.

The weekend will open with a performance by Woldgate Pocklington Choir at Burnby Hall Gardens on the Friday evening.

All the money raised from the weekend will go towards the upkeep of All Saints’ Church.

Now in its seventh year, it celebrates the life of acrobat Thomas Pelling - Pocklington‘s Flying Man - who attempted to glide down a wire from the top of All Saints’ 278 years ago, but fell to his death.

He is buried where he landed next to the church and a plaque is erected on the wall.

Meanwhile, work is progressing at the new Aldi site just off Robertson Close, opposite Sainsbury’s, with plans to open by 7 July.

The 900-square-metre supermarket will bring with it a number of new jobs. The store is being built on the former Northwold Printers Ltd premises, while the car park is to be laid on the site of the old Bond’s Garage on the opposite side of the road. A pedestrian crossing is also expected to be built on Robertson Close to link the two sites.

The German-based firm was given planning permission to build a store early last year.