Flypast at family event

Rosie Fletcher, 9, has a go at circus skills during her visit to the Greasley Gathering on Monday.
Rosie Fletcher, 9, has a go at circus skills during her visit to the Greasley Gathering on Monday.

An RAF Hurricane plane will circle the skys in Eastwood as part of this year’s Greasley Gathering event.

Organisers said they were ‘delighted’ they managed to arrange the flyover as an additional feature at this year’s popular event next month.

Greasley Gathering Chairman, Paul Todoff, said: “We are delighted that the RAF have responded this year and are in communication with us regarded the

event and the Flypast.

“It is scheduled for the afternoon, so we are hoping for a good crowd.”

Committee secretary Rita Pickering said: “It was one of those crazy ideas!

“Last year they said no so we were over the moon when we got a positive respone back.

“It’s something different. I just hope the weather holds out.”

Another new feature at this year’s event will be the miner’s cave at Colliers’ Wood, which will enable people to crawl through a tunnel and experience what it was like to be a miner.

The Greasley Gathering family fun day takes place on Bank Holiday Monday, May 28, and it will be the seventh time the annual evemt has taken place.

The first time was to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. It was so successful, organisers made it annual.

There will be a climbing wall at the Greasley Sports and Community Centre and the return of the Racing Room, where visitors can pedal a bike to make the cars race around a track.

The ‘wobbly bikes’ and circus skills will be back as well as the popular Stormtroopers.

Displays, music, classic cars, inflatables and stalls are all getting booked up for the event, and there will be the two red London buses taking people on tours of the area.

There will be kids’ face painting, a magician and a dog display and pubs in the area will be hosting live bands and putting on fun fair rides and bouncy castles.

Moorgreen villagers takepart in a scarecrow festival each year to join in the fun, and this year’s theme will be sport and sports personalities.

The event costs about £4,000 to put on and is paid for by grants from Broxtowe Borough Council, local councillors and local businesses.

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