POCKLINGTON’S annual Flying Man Festival, run by All Saints Church, celebrates its tenth year with a weekend of flying events.

To launch the festival, a gala evening of ‘flying themed’ music is taking place at Pocklington Arts Centre on May 9 at 7pm, with performances from four of the town’s choirs - Forgotten Voices led by Sam Dunkley, Pocklington Singers, Pocklington Junior School Choir and the Methodist Circuit Choir.

Tickets £5 from 01759 301547 or on the door.

As in previous years, there will be a hot air balloon display, flying teddies, tower ascents, birds of prey, art and local history exhibitions, abseiling down the church tower and a new events such as a zip wire and silent auction.

The event is held in honour of Thomas Pelling, who died during a stunt in the 18th century.

The climax will be the Pocklington Air Show, which will feature a display from an original Battle of Britain Spitfire and planes from the Real Aeroplane Company in Breighton on the Sunday.