The countdown is on for this year’s Flying Man Festival in Pocklington, with just over two weeks to go until an action-packed weekend of events takes place in the town.
The Grand Old Uke of York and Pocklington Arts Centre’s community choir, Forgotten Voices, are set to perform at the opening night concert of the festival on 6 May at 7.30pm. The Ukes, who only formed less than four years ago, have already appeared at events across the region.
This year’s festival sees the introduction of The Flying Man 60 running event, taking place at Pocklington School on 7 May. Staged in association with RM English, Pocklington School and Pocklington Runners, the event will see participants test themselves on a specially designed course at Pocklington School’s playing fields for a duration of 60 or 30 minutes. With varies categories - junior under 18, adult 18-40 and senior over 40 - for children and adults, it is hoped the event will attract families young and old, with funds going to All Saints’ Church.
Applications forms can be downloaded from www.pockflyingman.org.uk and are available from Pocklington Arts Centre and All Saints’ Church with entry fees £10 and £5 for UK athletic club affiliates.
Also on 7 May, a Flying Man Quiz will take in All Saints’ Church at 7pm.
A history society lecture with World War Two veteran Harry Hughes will be held in the church on 8 May at 6pm.
Street activities during the festival include bucking bronco, carousel, flying bungee, coconut shy and a bouncy castle.
The festival raises much needed funds for All Saints’ Church. The organising committee, made up of volunteers from the community, have raised over £100,000 for this Grade I listed building since the event was launched in 2005.
A full programme of events can be found at www.pockflyingman.org.uk. The 12th annual Flying Man Festival will take place from 6-8 May.