Pier launches new Weston Air Day

PUBLISHED: 12:51 25 May 2011

Weston crowds will be thrilled by a new air day in August

Weston crowds will be thrilled by a new air day in August

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PARACHUTISTS, wing-walkers and aerobatics will be key features of a new Weston air day event organised by the Grand Pier.

Weston’s long links with the RAF through its former Locking base has meant the town has had a rich past in terms of aerial events and displays.

Such events have ebbed away in recent years – but the new Grand Pier event, scheduled for August 17, will signal a revival of the popular tradition.

Among the attractions will be the Royal Artillery parachute team, the Black Nights who will launched proceedings at 11.30am with a jump into a specially-constructed beach arena.

This will be followed at 1.30pm by a unique display from the world’s only formation wing-walking team, the Breitling Wing Walkers.

The performers will thrill with a breathtaking sequence of acrobatic manoeuvres and handstands while strapped to the top wins of their Boeing Stearman biplanes.

This will all take place during a dazzling series of loops, rolls and inverted flight at up to 150mph.

At 3pm, the Blades display team – comprised entirely of former Red Arrows pilots – will wow crowds with their world-leading aerobatic display.

Grand Pier owner Kerry Michael said: “I want to establish the Great Grand Pier Air Day as an annual event that people all over the country will look forward to and get the date firmly in their diaries early on in the year.

“I am delighted we have been able to secure such a varied and top quality display for our air day and I intend to build on it in future years.”

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