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Kate’s flying high

Cromer Carnival took to the skies with the Wildcat Aerobatics Team ahead of their appearance at Cromer Carnival. Here KATE ROYALL reports back on her experience.

June 30 and the Wildcat Team flew from their base in Old Buckenham north to Cromer in a diamond formation and I experienced first-hand exactly what the Wildcat display on August 21 will feel like. Flying alongside the team was carnival volunteer Ady Woods in a RV8 photo-ship taking pictures of the action. The team headed out to the coast at

Weybourne at a height of around 1,000ft before heading East to fly past Cromer Pier in their diamond four pattern.

Flying at speeds in excess of 160mph in display, the team then turned round and the formation changed from a diamond to swan before the two liveried biplanes performed a loop over the pier with me on board.

I had never flown in a small aircraft before I took front seat in one of the liveried biplanes with pilot Willie Cruickshank. It was an absolutely incredible experience. Flying in a diamond formation from Old Buckenham to Cromer was a spectacular, I couldn’t quite believe how close the aircraft fly to each other, it really highlights the precise and astonishing skills of the pilots. Prior to take off I was both nervous and excited but the team soon put me at ease,

and when I first got into the cockpit it really began to feel real. The flight up to north Norfolk was incredibly smooth and it was surreal to be so close to the other pilots. The photos taken from the air are spectacular and really reflect what the experience felt like, the coastline looked so beautiful.

I knew we would be doing a loop but had not been told when it would take place.

June 30 saw the popular Cromer Carnival Clay Pigeon Shoot take place with 109 entrants taking part. First with 38 hits out of 40 was David Pointer, who received the £100 prize. There were three participants with 35 hits of out 40 who shared second and third prizes and received £25 each. They were Silas, D Wilson and David Steed. Carnival Chairman Tony Shipp presented the prizes.

Chance for readers to get out and about

For more than a decade, the Huff and Puff Trail has been a unique day out. And now readers have the chance to see for themselves what an enjoyable and healthy outing it can be with a special offer. The route starts at Kelling Heath Holiday Park where participants will be supplied with cycles, helmets and locks. There’s also tandem bikes, tag-alongs, child seats and buggies, so all the family can join in. The route takes people through Sheringham Park with its picturesque hills, woodland and farmland. Don’t

reader offer

Take advantage of Huff and Puff’s mid-season special discount of 25% off the Huff and Puff Trail, valid up to and including the July 21, 2013. Please quote ‘Just Aylsham’ when booking. Advance booking is advisable. See for further information.

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forget to climb to the top of the tower, and take in the views. At Sheringham, there’s a chance to stop and shop, have a bite to eat or visit the Mo lifeboat museum. The journey back is via the North Norfolk Railway. Bikes will be stowed away for a well-earned rest on board a 1920s steam train.

Holt Station is a 10-minute cycle into the town, with boutique shops, art galleries and tempting places to eat. It’s then just a leisurely two-mile journey back to Kelling. This is a family-friendly cycle route, which is mostly off road.

ON THE UP: Kate Royall and the team before their jaunt in the skies over Cromer.

After two runs over the pier, Willie told me we were going into the loop next, I can’t begin to tell you how nervous I started to feel but as soon as the loop started there was nothing to do but sit back and enjoy it. The G-force did its job and I was able to enjoy the view from upside down, it was a totally unforgettable experience and I can’t wait to watch them over Cromer on Carnival Day. The Wildcats will provide the finale to the arena events on Carnival Day, performing at 4pm on August 21.

Other dates:  Raft Race and Tug of War, August 5-9.  Children’s Week Two, August 12-16.  Carnival week, August 17 - 23.  Carnival Day Wednesday, August 21.


The River Falls Saxophone Quintet from, the University of Wisconsin, will be performing as part of Cromer Carnival on Saturday, August 17, 7.30pm, at the Parish Hall in Church Street.

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