Aerobatic beardevils attract the crowds

MOVE over the Red Devils and welcome the Ted Devils!Dozens of sponsored teddies took to the sky at the Elmsett Airfield open day in a bid to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

MOVE over the Red Devils and welcome the Ted Devils!

Dozens of sponsored teddies took to the sky at the Elmsett Airfield open day in a bid to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

The teddies' owners remained on the ground and watched as their teddies endured some bear-raising activities including loop the loops and aileron rolls.

This was just one of the many activities enjoyed by families who attended the event on Saturday afternoon.

With the sun shining, the fun-packed day kept both parents and children thoroughly entertained.

Ipswich pilot Nigel Willson, who took the bears flying, dazzled the crowd when he put the Yak52 through it's paces in a low level aerobatics air display.

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During his routine Nigel did a live interview and did a special fly-past for the guess the aircraft height competition.

There was also a contingent of large-scale model aircraft's from various local clubs on display and flying at the airfield together with a number of full size aircraft.

Elmsett Airfield formally adopted the Wattisham Tigerbirds (Air Training Corps) with a special tribute to mark the Queen's Jubilee year. Air Marshall Sir John Kemball took the salute.

Other activities included an adult and children's treasure hunt, a car boot sale, Virgin hot air balloon flights, a children's bouncy castle and a flight simulator which proved extremely popular.

All money raised throughout the day was in aid of Ipswich Children's Hospice and Whatfield and Elmsett Primary Schools.

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