The organisation is asking primary school pupils to design the official poster to promote the Blades, a leading display team of former Red Arrows pilots renowned worldwide for flying close formation aerobatics to the highest level.
Weather permitting, the aerobatic display team will be bringing their daredevil performance to the skies above Falmouth for the first time thanks to sponsorship from FHC.
They are set to perform on Wednesday, August 15 at 1815 as one of the highlights of Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week. It is hoped the full display will include some of the Blades signature formations including high rising looping manoeuvres and dynamic 10g formation breaks, to high-speed opposition passes and breathtaking solo aerobatics.
Some of the country’s most experienced display pilots, The Blades are experts in aerobatics. The team started 2012 as world record holders after setting the world record for flying 26 consecutive formation loops at the end of 2011.
Since their debut display at the Beckhams’ pre World Cup party in 2006, The Blades have performed at some of the most prestigious events in the world, including the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix, T4 On the Beach, Cowes Week and the Cannes International Advertising Festival.
The four-aircraft display team flies at a height of between 200ft and 2,000ft and will be best viewed from the same vantage points as the Red Arrows in previous years.
It is hoped record crowds of more than 30,000 people will flock to the town to watch them, bringing significant economic benefits to the area.
FHC is inviting local children to design a colourful poster promoting the event to be displayed in the window of FHC’s offices in Falmouth’s main street. The winning pupil, and their family, will get the chance to watch the Blades display from a VIP area, as well as the opportunity to meet the Blades commentators and win a special goodie bag.
The competition will be open to all primary school pupils in Falmouth and the surrounding areas. Entries should be sent to: Blades Competition, Falmouth Harbour Commissioners, 44 Arwenack Street, Falmouth, TR11 3JQ by Friday, July 13.
Mark Sansom, Falmouth Harbour Master and Chief Executive of FHC, said: “We are all counting down to the Blades display, and look forward to welcoming them to Falmouth for the first time.
“This is the ideal opportunity for children to get involved in this special event, which is one of the biggest in Falmouth’s calendar. I’m looking forward to lots of colourful entries landing on my desk and brightening up the FHC office.
“Last year’s competition was an overwhelming success, with more than 70 entries from primary schools across Falmouth. I’m looking forward to lots of colourful entries landing on my desk and brightening up the FHC office once again.
“FHC is committed to working closely with the community to make the most of this exciting opportunity, and we hope that involving local schools will promote the event and help form positive relationships for the future.
“The competition gives children the chance to learn a little more about our role within the harbour and sea safety, whilst getting involved in the build-up to the Blades.”
As well as sponsoring the Blades, FHC plays a major role in ensuring sailors competing in events over the week long festival remain safe, both whilst out at sea and when moored within the harbour.
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