Chocks away for west Suffolk airshow

DAREDEVILS with a head for heights can tour the great blue yonder in a genuine 1930's open cockpit biplane during one of West Suffolk's largest airshows.

DAREDEVILS with a head for heights can tour the great blue yonder in a genuine 1930's open cockpit biplane during one of West Suffolk's largest airshows.

And organisers planning the eighth annual Wings, Wheels and Steam show, taking place this weekend, are hoping such attractions will bring record crowds to Rougham Airfield, near Bury St Edmunds.

The huge two-day event promises something for everyone, with around 100 aircraft expected, an aerobatic flypast and either Boeing Steerman flights or helicopter rides on offer for the more daring visitor.

For those planning to keep their feet firmly on the ground, more than 200 classic cars will be on display, alongside military and horticultural vehicles and 15 traction engines, brought to the show by their local owners.


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A craft market, dog show, beer festival and funfair will complete the entertainments line-up.

“Every year, the show seems to grow in size, and as it is held in such a large venue, we can generally accommodate everyone who want to take part,” said John Agnew, of Rougham Estates, which is organising the event alongside the Friends of Rougham Airfield.

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“There is very much something for everyone at the show, and we even have plenty of undercover space in case the British weather lets us down.

“We attracted 10,000 visitors last year, and are hoping to beat that this time around.”

Tickets for the event are priced at £6 for adults, with concessions at £3 and children under 12 admitted free. Proceeds will go towards the upkeep of the airfield, and its development as West Suffolk's open-air venue.

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