Your article: Lift-off as Flying Man Festival takes to the air and soars for 12th time

Hot air balloons over Allerthorpe Lakeland Park. Submitted by Richard Harrison and Katie Whiting: www.moatgallery.co.uk
Hot air balloons over Allerthorpe Lakeland Park. Submitted by Richard Harrison and Katie Whiting: www.moatgallery.co.uk

A record number of people attended the 12th annual Flying Man Festival in Pocklington over the weekend.

Crowds flocked to All Saints’ Church and Pavement for an action-packed weekend of family-based activities, which raised funds for the church.

Tony Farmer, Jonathan Mardell, Alec Ramsden and Phil Gilbank with the Flying Man beer.

Tony Farmer, Jonathan Mardell, Alec Ramsden and Phil Gilbank with the Flying Man beer.

The weekend got off to a flying start on Friday with events taking place at Wolds Gliding Club. A concert by Forgotten Voices Community Choir and The Grand Ole Ukes of York at All Saints’ Church delighted a very appreciative audience.

On Saturday the church was transformed into the Flying Man cafe with a variety of stands, exhibitions and stalls by local community groups and organisations. Sunday saw the ever popular teddy bear abseil taking place with more than 150 children watching, with trepidation, as their bears bravely embarked on their descent from the top of Pocklington’s famous landmark clock tower. A host of visitors and residents 
athletically climbed to the top of the tower to bask in beautiful sunshine whilst taking in the breathtaking views of the town and even as far as York Minster.

The festival also featured hot air balloon rides, a Bristol Hercules Mark III aircraft engine demonstration, a Flying Man quiz and much more.

A spokesperson for the festival said: “The voluntary committee would like to praise the efforts of all those who helped prior to and over the weekend. It is a wonderful team who work tirelessly to create such a fun event for the town. This year with the backdrop of fantastic weather and beautiful blossom in the churchyard it was a very uplifting community event.”

Gerry Hutchinson promoting the festival.

Gerry Hutchinson promoting the festival.

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