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Parachute team drops by to give airshow a lift

David Whelan

Published 23/07/2011 | 05:00

ATTRACTIONS from Ireland's largest airshow were literally falling from the sky yesterday.

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Scores of unsuspecting passers-by had a bird's-eye view of a parachute display team practising for Sunday's air display in Bray, Co Wicklow.

The three-man Black Knights Defence Forces Parachute Display Team took part in a rehearsal.

The team deployed black canopies bearing green, white and gold colours to land on the beach after jumping from 4,500 feet.

Master jumper Captain James Cahill said: "The show is fantastic and a great opportunity for people to see the aircraft up close and to witness a jump."

The airshow, now in its sixth year, will also host high-energy aerobatic displays from the Blades, the RV8Tors, Dave Bruton and five-times Irish aerobatic champion Eddie Goggins. Spectators can also expect displays from the Coast Guard and Air Corps.

More than 60,000 people are expected to attend the free event as part of the Bray Summerfest, which runs until August 8.

Flight display director, Se Pardy said: "It's a unique event, with things to do for people of all ages. You could not get a more ideal location and it's a free and fun family day out."

Weather for Sunday's event is expected to be warm, dry and ideal for spectators and the acts involved.

Other upcoming highlights in the Summerfest include an Africa day and music from Royseven and Damien Dempsey.

Further information can be found at braysummerfest.com.

Irish Independent

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