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Norfolk hosts the biggest gliding event of the year for a third time

PUBLISHED: 08:27 13 August 2019 | UPDATED: 08:40 13 August 2019

Norman and Gilly Clowes at VGC international rally 2019. Photo: Norman Clowes

Norman and Gilly Clowes at VGC international rally 2019. Photo: Norman Clowes

Norman Clowes

A Norfolk airfield has hosted one of the world’s biggest glider events for the third time.

Four Minimoa gliders at the VGC international rally 2019. Photo: Christian MathieuFour Minimoa gliders at the VGC international rally 2019. Photo: Christian Mathieu

The Vintage Glider Club chose Tibenham Airfield to host its International Rally.

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The event was attended by 110 pilots from as far afield as Australia.

Organiser Norman Clowes said: "This was one of the most important aviation events in Norfolk this year.

Aerial shot of Tibenham from a glider at VGC international rally 2019. Photo: Mark WrightAerial shot of Tibenham from a glider at VGC international rally 2019. Photo: Mark Wright

"More than 60 gliders all flew over the event. There were gliders dating from the 1930s and pilots like me were lucky enough to fly them. It was absolutely beautiful."

The next rally is due to be held in Germany next year, but Norfolk's Gliding Club feels hopeful that the international rally will be back on their air fields in the future.

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