Lulu, Lauren, Frankie and Thumper..!
No, these are not well known pop artists or movie icons, but some of the aircraft and a top female aerobatic pilot appearing at this year’s Abingdon Air and Country Show on Sunday 1st May. Providing a great day out for all the family, with “something for everyone”, the motto “not just an air show” describes this event perfectly and it is hoped the line-up, both in the air and on the ground will once again attract a great crowd.
Now in it’s seventeenth year this volunteer run, Oxfordshire event is one of the most popular outdoor shows in the area attracting visitors from far and wide. As well as being treated to a whole host of air and ground displays and activities, visitors to the show will also be helping to raise money for well-known charities and local good causes, with the main beneficiary being the Thames Valley Air Ambulance.
Flying forms an integral part of the show with most of the display aircraft being joined on the ground by a large number of static exhibits and many other aircraft that simply ‘fly-in’ for the day. The four hour flying display will include the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster – “Thumper”, Spitfire and Hurricane; “Lulu Belle” a 1940’s Kittyhawk; top UK aerobatic pilot Lauren Richardson in her Pitts Special and a superb close formation duo involving P51 Mustang “Ferocious Frankie” and a Spitfire. Other display elements include vintage fighters and training aircraft, a Catalina WWII search and rescue seaplane, aerobatic aircraft both individual and team, vintage helicopters, a motorised glider, a modern Autogyro and the world’s largest bi-plane the Antonov AN2*.
In the showground the ‘country’ section welcomes back David Hughes from Hawkwalk with his wonderful falconry display highlighting British birds of prey; ferret racing and country craft demonstrations. Debut appearances will come from the Oxfordshire Search and Rescue Dogs, Abingdon Young Farmers and, subject to operational commitments, the Thames Valley Police Mounted Division showing off their beautiful horses and demonstrating their unique horsemanship skills!
Dance and music are always an important element and welcome ‘firsts’ come from the Oxfordshire Rock Choir and Cornocopia (Appalation Clog dancers). The event welcomes back Blues & Boogie singer Greg Pullum, the Viv O’Gara Irish Dancers and, the Radio Days Big Band with their swing and dance ‘sounds’ from the 1930’s to the 1960’s. Also returning, after a number of years away, will be the Oxford Sea Cadet Marching Band.
For the children, there’s traditional Punch and Judy, a wide selection of amusements including flight simulators and of course our ‘friends’ the Daleks.
For those who like to ‘browse’ there are trade and craft stalls; for the engineering-minded, tank rides, steam engines, vintage and ex-Military vehicles, model boats and, for everyone, food and drink! So as you can see, a jam-packed, fun-filled day for all the family.
See you there!
REMEMBER: There’s still time to enter our competition to WIN TICKETS to this event!
Closing Date: 15th April 2016