Wings and wheels draw the crowds

WING, wheels - and rotor blades - of all ages, shapes and sizes converged on the grounds of a Suffolk country estate for a spectacular annual show.Tractors, vintage cars, planes and gliders all played their part in making the third Wings and Wheels event, organised by Halesworth Lions, a success.

WING, wheels - and rotor blades - of all ages, shapes and sizes converged on the grounds of a Suffolk country estate for a spectacular annual show.

Tractors, vintage cars, planes and gliders all played their part in making the third Wings and Wheels event, organised by Halesworth Lions, a success.

And the Utterly Butterly wing-walking team also wowed the crowds at the Henham estate with their daredevil antics on the wings of two bright yellow bi-planes.

Thrill seekers were given the opportunity to go up and view the estate and the surrounding area on short helicopter rides.


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For those who preferred to keep their feet firmly on the ground there were side shows, which kept everyone amused.

The dog agility classes saw a Yorkshire Terrier steal the show, having to leap a good deal higher than all the other dogs to clear the fences.

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Paul Martin, chairman of the organising committee said last year the event raised £7,000 for local charities and good causes after expenses of £5,000. He said a final total from yesterday's event would not be known for a few weeks.

He added: “This is an event which takes more than a year to organise. We started organising next year's event two months ago.

“Every member of the Halesworth Lions pitches in on the day. We just couldn't do it otherwise.”

Lions press officer Mandy Hawksley added; “This year it is bigger than last year. We had to find more space for a runway for the planes.”

The event has its origins back in 2002 when the Lions were approached to organise the Walpole car and Bygone Rally.

They decided to do something similar the following year and Lion John Hill suggested inviting pilots to take part. It has been his job to organise the wings side of the event ever since.

The first Wings and Wheels event was held at Heveningham Hall in 2004, but they were unable to return there the following year.

An invitation by the 6th Earl of Stradbroke and his son Hektor Rous saw the event being staged at Henham Hall where it remains.

Ms Hawksley said: “It is a huge estate and we have not taken all the grounds - so there's room for expansion.”

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