Photo gallery: Flying start for unified annual show

Crowds of people visited the Wings and Wheels Country Fair at Heveningham Hall over the weekend.

Crowds of people visited the Wings and Wheels Country Fair at Heveningham Hall over the weekend. - Credit: Archant

Planes, gliders, vintage cars and tractors of all shapes and sizes descended on the grounds of a Suffolk country estate for a spectacular annual show.

Halesworth Lions' Wings and Wheels united with Heveningham Hall's Country Fair to produce a weekend full of impressive flying displays, vintage cars and ring shows at Heveningham Hall.

And after the May 2012 Wings and Wheels show at Henham Park had to be cancelled due to heavy rainfall, two days of glorious sunshine attracted the crowds to the 18th-century estate.

With the Heveningham Hall Country Fair having been a popular fixture in the local calendar for 15 years, and by incorporating the Halesworth Lions Wings And Wheels festival, organisers said they were able to extend the entertainment to a two-day event. And all the planning paid off – as about 10,000 people converged on the grounds to enjoy the various events on display.

The headline act of the flying display was the Blades aerobatic display team, who showcased their soaraway skills over a weekend that saw more than 70 planes airborne.


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With falconry displays and arts and crafts stalls also featuring, there was something for everyone to enjoy.

Hall owner Lois Hunt described the two day show as 'excellent', paying tribute to Anne Clark, chairman of the County Fair Trust, John Hill, who organised the aviation, and to the volunteers for their help.

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'We were very lucky with the weather and it was a lovely event with a great atmosphere,' she added. 'We had a 10k run, won in 36 minutes, and raft racing on the lakes. There were lots for people to do and I'm sure everyone who came really enjoyed themselves.'

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