Hot air balloon club open Flying Man Festival

Always hinging on some aspect of flying and aviation, this year’s Flying Man Festival in Yorkshire will be launched with a hot air balloon display by the West Pennine Hot Air Balloon Club.

The Flying Man Festival is an annual event held to commemorate showman Thomas Pelling, who tried to fly from Pocklington’s church tower in 1733 and fell to his death. Pocklington is a small market town near Beverley in the East Riding.

Originally instigated as an event specifically to raise funds for the restoration of All Saints’ Church in the town, all proceeds now go towards the general maintenance costs of the church.

A number of exciting displays are scheduled for this year’s extravaganza which will take place over the weekend of 26th May, including a falconry demonstration and a spectacular aerial display by The Real Aeroplane Company, who will be flying over Pocklington in some historic planes including a triplane and a Miles Magister.

A photography exhibition by Pocklington Camera Club and an art exhibition of watercolour paintings on a flying theme, by local artists, will be on show inside the church, as well as an exact model of the airfield in Pocklington during the Second World War.

Outside, majorettes and cheerleaders from Woldgate College will be accompanying the Woldgate College Choir in an open air concert and a number of stalls will be in residence throughout the weekend, selling Flying Man and Pocklington church memorabilia. Not only that, but the Flying Man Cafe will also be providing food throughout the event with a hog roast on Saturday evening.

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