Wings and Wheels set to return to Henham Park

Vintage cars, classic motorbikes and impressive flying displays will join together next weekend for an annual charity fund-raiser that always draws a big crowd.

Wings and Wheels welcomes thousands of visitors each year to Henham Park, and organisers Halesworth Lions hope the sun will shine to allow the 11th such event to be another successful show.

On Sunday, May 13 the estate, near Southwold, is expected to play host to 100 private aircraft, 600 vintage vehicles and a range of stalls, shows and entertainment as money is raised for a range of causes.

Wendy Mendham, Lions' spokesman, said: 'Our biggest attendance is 11,000 and it has some really passionate followers.

'Wings and Wheels is Halesworth Lions' biggest fund-raising effort and, with some money going to Help for Heroes too, there is money collected for local, national and international causes.'

Among the aircraft due to take to the skies next weekend are Redhawks and the aerobatic Pitts Special.

However Peter Mendham, of the Lions, said that the availability of aircraft for the day was hugely dependent on the weather, and that they were slightly nervous given the recent conditions.

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'We have been in contact with 50 pilots but obviously it is very weather-dependent,' he said.

'We are reasonably confident a big contingent from the owners club of Auster Aircraft will be there, with a large contingent hoping to meet up and fly en masse.

'It would be a real sight to see, but again it is weather-permitting as they are coming from all across the country.'

In previous years the estate has seen more aircraft landed in a space of an hour than London international airports Heathrow and Gatwick as the huge variety of planes visit the estate, which is run by Hektor Rous on behalf of his father, the sixth Earl of Stradbroke,

Other entertainment on offer on the day will include Daleks, an ice rink, Lowestoft Dog Agility Club and the Seal and Bird Rescue Trust.

Live band Touchdown will also be playing throughout the day.

Mrs Mendham said: 'There really is something for everybody.'

Last year's event saw an estimated 6,000 people attend with more than �16,000 raised for charity.

The Wings and Wheels Rally takes place on Sunday, May 13 with gates open from 10am. Admission is �5 for adults and free for children.

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