Top parachute team to excite Diss carnival crowds

RAF Falcons Display Team ANL-140904-101646001
RAF Falcons Display Team ANL-140904-101646001

Diss carnival organisers are really reaching for the skies this year.

As well as an appearance by top parachute display team the RAF Falcons, they have also secured a flypast by a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire.

With revamped arena events on the Diss Town football ground below, including a display by Phoenix Raptor Rescue, the carnival on June 15 is set to be another major tourism boost for the town.

Former mayor Graham Minshull managed to secure the booking with the Falcons, who spend the summer appearing at major UK and European events.

“It is a major coup for Diss,” he said. “It is a fantastic opportunity and shows what bracket the carnival is now in.”

The cost of £2500 is being sponsored by South Norfolk Council from its tourism budget. “They recognise the importance of market towns and tourism,” said Mr Minshull, who is confident that the carnival will be another crowd-puller and make it a good day for the town traders.

The Falcons’ display depends on weather conditions but if they are good, crowds could be treated to a high level jump and freefall before their trademark canopy stack, followed by a low-level flypast by their C-130 Hercules aircraft.