Flying show hits new heights

The chairman of the New Foerst Vintage Tractor Club Derek Olden, flying display director Phil Holt, organiser and president of Ellingham and district RBLWS Elaine Micklewright, Rev Michael Anderson, art exhibitor Pamela LaHoud, Andrew Day and Celia Scott

The chairman of the New Foerst Vintage Tractor Club Derek Olden, flying display director Phil Holt, organiser and president of Ellingham and district RBLWS Elaine Micklewright, Rev Michael Anderson, art exhibitor Pamela LaHoud, Andrew Day and Celia Scott

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A FLYING spectacular that took off 23 years ago has raised £250,000 for charities since it begun.

Elaine Micklewright of the By-Gone Days event at Brooklands Farm in Gorley told the Forest Journal that £23,030 was raised at this year’s event – the highest figure for one event to date.

This year, three main charities - Salisbury Hospice, Salisbury Alzheimer’s Society and the Royal British Legion Women’s Section Benevolent Fund – will split the funds.

Mrs Micklewright said: “We started in 1991 and raised £802, which seemed absolutely wonderful during the short, two-hour event.

“By-Gone Days has grown like Topsy from a one-day show to the two-day show we run at present, with visitors coming from all over the world.

“What we raised this year was the highest we have ever raised. It is a huge amount.

“In 2011 we did raise £21,000, but this year tops that. We have now gone over the quarter of a million mark.

“There are an enormous amount of people without whom By-Gone couldn’t do it.”

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