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High-flying thrills on offer at Eye Show

PUBLISHED: 07:50 08 August 2008 | UPDATED: 10:36 12 July 2010

An array of daredevils riding mini motorbikes, skydiving and flying aerobatic planes are included in the line-up for this year's Eye Show and Country Fair.

An array of daredevils riding mini motorbikes, skydiving and flying aerobatic planes are included in the line-up for this year's Eye Show and Country Fair.

The event takes place at Goodrich Park, Palgrave, near Eye, on August Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday and the programme of top performers includes a host of traditional attractions from gun dog displays, sheep dog demonstrations and horse riding to helicopter trips, military vehicles and funfairs.

Show director Tim Seeley said: “We always make sure that there are lots of varying attractions to be sure that the show appeals to all members of the family.”

After an awe-inspiring display at last year's show, the Blades aerobatic display team are back to perform on Bank Holiday Monday. The Blades pilots are all former RAF Red Arrows and between them have more than 20 years of display experience on Harriers, Hawks, Jet Provosts and Boeing Stearman biplanes.

The four pilots flying their Extra 300 aircraft are led by Blade 1 Andy Offer. He said: “I always get a little nervous prior to any display, I believe these nerves are good as it focuses your mind to the job in hand, and there is no room for complacency. The display requires concentration and forethought, every venue is different and the factors of the day play a large part in how difficult leading the display is going to be. I'm in control of the team, but every role is pivotal and each pilot will be going through the same process to ensure his performance matches that of his colleagues.”

Other main arena attractions include the London fire brigade parachute team, Bolddog Ling's mini bike display team, Jon Marshall blindfold driving, dog dancing with Richard Curtis, sheep racing and CJ's falconry display.

Another attraction not to miss is the sheep show. Visitors will learn about each breed and how wool from the sheep's back becomes a jumper to wear. The shearing demonstration is an entertainment in itself and is great fun for all involved.

For the first time an authentic French market will be offering continental delights such as cheeses, olives, charcuterie and patisserie, bread and pastries and strings of onions, shallots and garlic.

There will be action all around the showground with displays including Western riding, vintage cars and tree climbing. Activities include off-road driving and military vehicle rides. There will be goodies to buy at the craft fair and shopping parades as well as lots of food, drink and music to enjoy.

The showground is on the A143 close to Diss and the event starts at 10am. Admission is £9 for adults and £4.50 for children. A family ticket costs £25 (2 adults and 3 children). Parking is free. For more information visit www.eyeshow.org.uk


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