11/05/2014 Back to News
The Wading Man of Pocklington Meet
Possibly the wettest balloon meet since Noah was a lad......
Held for the second year at the lovely venue at Allerthorpe Lakeland Park, with a host of watersports and open water swimming, plus a cafe serving delicious food. It rained, it poured, we have had thunder and lightening, rain, lightening, wind, rain thunder, and did I mention rain?

The villagers of Pocklington go to town on celebrating the 'Flying Man', Thomas Pelling, and his infamous 'flight' which ended in tragedy as he plummeted to his death. This was all back in the 1700's, the 10th April 1733 to be precise, and he was buried in the church yard where he fell on the 16th April 1733 - a little fact which is for the benefit of all those who could not answer the tie breaker question for the quiz!

The village church is full of stalls and activities including the chance to abseil down the church tower or zip wire into the church yard. Devon Clarke took up that challenge and abseiled down the tower, and in doing so became the first winner of the 'Flying Man' tankard. Congratulations to Devon, bring it back next year please!

Pocklington Arts Centre hosts a quiz night on the Saturday evening and we had three teams entered, sadly we didn't rank amongst the high scorers this year, but hey, Alex Smith did win a bottle of whisky for the Pound coin challenge.

Thank you to everyone who came along, and braved the wet, and thank you to Nicky and Steve of Allerthorpe Lakeland Park for hosting the meet again. Next year? Same place, and better weather (can't get any worse, surely!?)

.....and on that note. It's raining again!

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