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Spitfire and aerobatics team are set to soar over Proms concert

The team from Aerosparx are getting ready to put on a dazzling display at Blickling. Picture: MICHAL BANACH

The team from Aerosparx are getting ready to put on a dazzling display at Blickling. Picture: MICHAL BANACH

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An aerial aerobatics team and a Second World War Spitfire are set to soar over a concert at Blicking Estate.

The PS853 Spitfire will also be a part of the Great British Prom at Blickling. Picture: JOHN M DIBBSThe PS853 Spitfire will also be a part of the Great British Prom at Blickling. Picture: JOHN M DIBBS

The high-flying birds will be part of a Great British Prom concert at the north Norfolk beauty spot on Saturday, August 11, paying tribute to the Royal Air Force as it marks its centenary.

The evening will start with a fly-past by the Spitfire PS853, which was flown in the war and is now owned by Rolls-Royce, the maker of the famous fighter’s engine.

As the sun goes down the planes from Aerosparx, the only team in the world to combine formation flying, aerobatics and night time pyro, will take to the skies.

And it will all be set to an evening of stirring music featuring the National Symphony Orchestra - as well as the Cranwell Military Wives Choir and Soprano, Philippa Healey - performing RAF-inspired music.

The team from Aerosparx are getting ready to put on a dazzling display at Blickling. Picture: AEROSPARXThe team from Aerosparx are getting ready to put on a dazzling display at Blickling. Picture: AEROSPARX

Phill O’Dell, the pilot likely to be in the Spitfire’s cockpit, said: “I was based at RAF Coltishall 20 years ago and used to regularly visit Blickling Hall with my family, so it holds very special memories for me. Anthony Inglis, the conductor, and I have worked together before, many years ago, and it will be wonderful to work with him again.

“I’ve also seen Aerosparx perform and their display is phenomenal. It should be a fantastic evening.”

Aerosparx pilots Guy Westgate and Rob Barsby fly Grob109b motor gliders.

Mr Westgate said: “This is a new genre for us; choreographing a display to accompany a proms orchestra above the grounds of a setting like Blickling Hall is something I’ve always wanted to explore further.

Aerosparx pilots Guy Westgate and Rob Barsby are getting ready to put on a dazzling display at Blickling. Picture: AREOSPARXAerosparx pilots Guy Westgate and Rob Barsby are getting ready to put on a dazzling display at Blickling. Picture: AREOSPARX

“Our motor gliders may not be as iconic as the Spitfire, but they are the perfect vehicle for us to literally paint a picture of light, in formation, in the twilight sky.”

Lisa Ward, organiser, said: “This year’s air display will be second to none and something of a first for Norfolk.

“We know that the crowd adores the Spitfire and Aerosparx will add a completely new dimension and we’re thrilled that their first ever Norfolk twilight display is going to be with us at Blickling.”

The Great British Prom concert will follow a Classic Ibiza - Ministry of Sound show at the same venue on August 10.

The PS853 Spitfire will also be a part of the Great British Prom at Blickling. Picture: JOHN M DIBBSThe PS853 Spitfire will also be a part of the Great British Prom at Blickling. Picture: JOHN M DIBBS

For more event details and tickets - standard price is £37.50 - visit www.greatbritishprom.co.uk or call 01283 841601. Car parking is included and guests can bring their picnics, champagne and flags to wave.

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