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Firm favourites are ready to join all the fun at show

Library picture of members of the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team land in the Grand Ring. Photograph Simon Parker

Library picture of members of the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team land in the Grand Ring. Photograph Simon Parker


One of the UK’s top military display teams will be dropping in as the star attraction at the Royal Norfolk Show.

The RAF Falcons parachute display team, based at RAF Brize Norton, will make their return to the Grand Ring at the two-day show tomorrow and Thursday.

The display at the Norfolk Showground – which is sponsored by Hoseasons – is a firm favourite with families. Tens of thousands of visitors will be amazed by an array of advanced freefall manoeuvres, with falling speeds of up to 120mph.

Their unique, non-contact canopy stack – which has become synonymous with the Falcons – will also be on the line-up. The height of the display is dependent on the weather – the 16 members will either perform from 9,000 to 12,000ft above the ground, 5,000 to 9,000ft or 2,500 to 5,000ft if the weather is poor. But they insist that, whatever the weather, they will put on a impressive show.

A spokesperson for the RAF Falcons said: “We pride ourselves on performing to the highest of standards but also spending time with the public.” He added that the team distinguished themselves from other displays with their interaction with the crowd.

The Falcons will perform alongside an impressive line-up in the show’s main ring – the Bolddog Lings Freestyle extreme motorcycle team will perform gravity defiant stunts.

The team has the largest landing ramp in the world, allowing riders to jump gaps of more than 75ft and reach heights of more than 35ft.

Dan Whitby, Bolddog Lings team manager and one of the UK’s top freestyle riders, said: “It’s more than just freestyle. It’s a non-stop show that will entertain everyone from off–road enthusiasts to the general public.”

Livestock and agriculture are a big focus for the ring this year, with some of the animal classes being judged by spectators. Equine displays ranging from children on small ponies to the Waldburgh Shires Heavy Horse Musical Drive are also guaranteed to be a hit with main ring audiences.

Listen out too for the band from the Brigade of Gurkhas performing twice daily – they’ll also be leading standard-bearers from the Royal British Legion into the ring and taking part in the closing parade.

Tell us your memories of the Royal Norfolk Show. Write, giving full contact details, to Letters Editor, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich NR1 1RE.

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