Flight of fancy for VIP guests

THERE was plenty to celebrate in Filey last Friday as a free illustrated talk marking the 100th anniversary of local aviation attracted a large gathering of enthusiasts.

Among the audience were about a dozen of the descendants of the pioneers of early flying, including Robert Blackburn, founder of the Blackburn Aircraft Company, and Tony House, the first test pilot to fly Blackburn’s aircraft along the beach at Filey.

Aileen Newbury, chairman of the Filey Bay Initiative, which organised the event, said: “It went exceptionally well. We had about 140 people at the concert hall, and three of the families from those early flying days were represented. They brought a number of artefacts and documents, and we had a model of a Blackburn aircraft. Everyone was absolutely buzzing.”

The talk was given by local historian Vanessa Milner.

Having now secured the last part of their funding, the FBI will be unveiling a new sculpture by Filey craftsman Chris Robinson on Royal Parade later this year.