Saturday 21 October 2017

Army's parachute team drops in ahead of air show

Hannah Popham

THEY dropped in from 5,000 feet to herald the beginning of an air spectacular that will fill the skies above Bray in Co Wiclow this weekend.

Aided by black parachutes featuring the tricolour flag, the Irish Defence Forces Parachute Display Team – or the Black Knights – leapt from a helicopter over the Wicklow town.

The Bray Air Spectacular, which is celebrating its seventh annual appearance in the Bray Summerfest, is expected to draw in crowds of up to 100,000, and will bring an estimated €3.5m to local businesses.

Bray Mayor Mick Glynn, said: "We're hoping to look after 100,000 visitors this weekend. All of the hotels in the town have been booked out for weeks in advance."

Display director Se Pardy said: "What's different about this year is that the weather is stable so people have already decided and planned to go to Bray and enjoy the show. It's very safe as all the displays are over the water."

Bray Air Spectacular begins at 3pm tomorrow. Other events on the day will include helicopter rides for €50, a food and craft market, Victorian-style funfair, and live music with jazz band Route 66.

Irish Independent

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