Flying Festival plans revealed


EXCITING plans for this year’s Flying Man Festival have been revealed by organisers who hope to make 2012’s event the best yet.

Running over the weekend of 26 May, the festival will see a host of attractions in and around Pocklington’s All Saints’ Church including an aerial display, birds of prey demonstration and art exhibitions.

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A highlight promises to be the display by The Real Aeroplane Company from Breighton near Selby who will take to the skies over Pocklington in some famously spectacular historic aeroplanes.

The Flying Man Festival is named in honour of intrepid showman Thomas Pelling, who fell to his death whilst trying to ‘fly’ from the tower of the town’s All Saints’ Church in 1733.

Originally started as a fundraising event for the church’s restoration appeal, it now raises funds for the general upkeep of the church and a spokeswoman for its organisers encouraged the community to get involved: “This will be an excitement-packed show for aviation enthusiasts and the general public alike, offering fun and entertainment for all the family,” she said.

“Meanwhile, we would like volunteers to make the event the biggest ever, once it starts with a hog roast to the music of The Woldgate College Choir and the Wildcats, majorettes and cheerleaders from Woldgate College, in Burnby Hall Gardens on the evening of Friday 25 May.”

She added: “The weekend will be a flying extravaganza so come along and enjoy the fun!”

The opening of the main festival will then be heralded by the launch of colourful hot air balloons manned by the West Pennine Hot Air Balloon Club from 6am on the Saturday.

As in previous years, a fundraising team of local daredevils will abseil down the church tower on the Saturday.

The Real Air Show display will start around 1pm on the Sunday featuring iconic aeroplanes such as a Triplane, Bucker Jungmeister, Miles Magister, and Yak.

In addition, the intrepid antics of Thomas Pelling will be re-enacted by teddy bears in a less hazardous way – children are asked to bring their volunteer teddy bears and will receive a certificate.

There will also be birds of prey, who will provide an amazing display, and another attraction planned is an exact model of Pocklington’s Second World War airfield, which will be exhibited inside the church throughout the weekend.

Family-related activities such as bouncy trampolining will also be on offer, as well as an art exhibition inside the church showing a display of flying-related watercolour paintings.

There will also be an exhibition of photographs by Pocklington Camera Club with a flying theme.

Meanwhile, the Flying Man Café will be open all weekend serving bacon sandwiches, along with open air stalls with Flying Man related products on sale.

Anybody who would like to volunteer for the fundraising abseil can contact organisers on 01759 306442, and tickets for the Burnby Hall event on 25 May costing £10 are available from All Saints’ Church or by calling 01759 301827.