Students fly to prom by helicopter

PUBLISHED: 13:00 29 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:06 22 October 2010


Unusual and head-turning modes of transport including a fire engine, a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, a Harley Davidson motor bike and horse and carriage have in recent years conveyed students in style to their end of school proms.

Head-turning modes of transport from fire engines to Harley Davidsons have in recent years conveyed students in style to their end of school proms.

But last night Louise Page-Jennings and three friends probably up-staged them all when they flew to their Fakenham High School prom by helicopter.

Dressed in their evening finery of ball gowns and dinner suits, the group climbed aboard the Bell 206 jetranger helicopter at Norwich Airport for the 15-minute flight to Sussex Barns, near Burnham Market.

The chopper, with Norwich-based Sterling Aviation's chief pilot Luke Morgan at the controls, landed in a nearby field and the excited teenagers were driven the short distance to the venue for their school prom.

Louise, 16, has just completed her GCSE exams and during the year she combined her studies with being head girl at Fakenham High School.

Her father, John Jennings, formerly a pilot with Sterling Aviation, said it was always his dream to fly his daughter to her prom by helicopter and he was delighted that his dream had been realised.

Proud mum, Linda Jennings said : “Louise has put in a lot of hard work studying for her 11 GCSEs and John and I wanted to do something really special for her and her friends so we were delighted that we were able to arrange the flight in the helicopter.”

Louise, of Wood Norton, near Fakenham, was joined on the flight by the school's head boy Mikey Standing, and prefects, Jordan Dey and Graeme Ridler.

“Because my dad used to fly helicopters I have flown in them several times but going to the prom by helicopter in all our evening wear is going to be really exciting for all of us. I am really looking forward to it,” said Louise before they took off.

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