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


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.”

More from Weston Mercury

15 minutes ago

A support group for people struggling with depression and anxiety has launched, and the woman behind it hopes to ‘fill a gap’ in North Somerset’s mental health services.

Read more

Worlebury Golf Club held its annual presentation evening, with members turning out in force.

Read more

Mendip Spring seniors’ captain Andy Ashfold led 43 members into the new winter programme of competitions.

Read more

Thirty-seven Weston Athletic Club members took part in this year’s Sodbury Slog race.

Read more

A plan to build retirement homes, which upset villagers, has been approved by Sedgemoor District Council.

Read more

Winscombe Ladies returned from Exeter with a narrow defeat in their sixth league match of the season.

Read more

Weston suffered a narrow defeat when they travelled to Bath for the second time in as many weeks.

Read more

St Andrews defeated Bristol by eight shots to reach the last 32 of the national Egham Trophy.

Read more

Uphill Badminton Club suffered a loss, draw and a victory in the last week of league matches.

Read more

Worlebury angler Jack Reynolds won his zone at the penultimate Veals Winter League match held at Littleton-upon-Severn.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 9°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists