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There's something in the air at this year's Cotswold Show…because not all the attractions can keep their feet on the ground. Slicing through the sky at up to 150mph, the glamorous and daring Utterly Butterly wingwalkers will wave to the crowds from the wings of Boeing Stearman biplanes during a heart-stopping sequence of loops and rolls.
Based at Rendcomb Airfield, near Cirencester, the team will be performing to a 'home crowd'.
“Wingwalking is utterly amazing!” says 20-year-old wingwalker Lucy Foster, who last year beat hundreds of other applicants to land a job with the team. “The views are incredible and the sensation literally uplifting, diving into a loop at 150 mph is utterly unbelievable!””
Proving she has a head for heights and taste for adventure Lucy plans to perform handstands on the wing 500 feet above the Cotswold Show, pulling up to 4G (four times her own body weight), Lucy will wave through a mouth-watering sequence of loops rolls and low-level flypasts.
Wingwalking dates from the utterly romantic era after the First World War when young pilots returned home with a passion for flying, yearning to keep their head in the clouds.
These daring heroes purchased surplus war biplanes cheaply and travelled the country utterly captivating civilians with the opportunity of flying, landing in fields and charging locals for their first taste of flight.
To entice potential customers the pilots flew down the main street of each town at low level, thrilling their audience they persuaded engineers and girlfriends to climb out along the wing of the aircraft as they buzzed the town. Now, over 80 years later, the Utterly Butterly pilots are celebrating the passion of those early adventurers. Roaring through the sky in 450 Horse Power Boeing Stearman biplanes, they will signal to the wingwalkers when it is time to climb from the open cockpit up onto the top wing and into the display.
“I hope the crowd will wave up at me as I can see them all from the wing,” says Lucy.
With dozens of arena events and hundreds of trade stands at the Cotswold Show you might be hard-pushed to fit it all in.
So why not give yourself a bird's eye view of the event from 1.000 feet above Cirencester Park, by treating yourself to a ride in a helicopter? You don't have to be a millionaire to fly around the Cotswolds. Tickets for a 10-mile trip over Cirencester start from just £25, and as only four passengers go up at a time you’ll be guaranteed a great view and plenty of photo opportunities.
You might even see your own house as you've never seen it before! And there's no need to pre-book your flight. Just turn up on the day.
The Show's helicopter flights are run by Wiltshire-based Helicopters R Go. To find out more about the pleasure flights and corporate packages the company offers, go to www.helicoptersrgo.co.uk, call 01793 741527 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
And as the sun sets on the Cotswold Show, the Rapdio balloons will lift gracefully into the sky (weather conditions permitting).
The balloons belong to Cirencester-based courier company Rapido. And while they use more reliable vans and trucks to get customers' parcels to their destinations on time, company director Martyn White says the best way to travel is by balloon. The tethered balloons will be inflated for two hours at the start and end of the show each day.
Finally, what goes up must come down, and that's certainly the case for members of the Parachute Display Team, who will be dropping into the main arena on Saturday and Sunday, leaving smoke trails in their wake.
The Cotswold Show is a great day out for the whole family in the beautiful surroundings of Cirencester Park, Gloucestershire, attracting 35,000 people over the weekend.
Arena attractions at this year's event include the world-famous Imps children's motorcycle display team and the glamorous and daring Utterly Butterly wingwalkers.
Other attractions include demonstrations of traditional rural crafts, hundreds of stalls in the shopping area, laser clay pigeon shooting and the chance to take a Suzuki Grand Vitara through the mud on the off-road course.
The Cotswold Show – sponsored by Waitrose and Pebley Beach Suzuki - takes place from 9am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday, 8 and 9 July. Tickets are £9 for adults and £2 for children, but early birds can buy tickets now for £7 (adult), £2 (child 3 – 14 years) or £17 for a family of two adults and two children. Children under 3 and dogs go free. Call 08700 115007 or log on to the website at www.cotswoldshow.co.uk
: 07/07/2006 15:07:49
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