Larne Gyrocopter Pilot Lands Safely

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council assures Norman’s happy landing

Norman Surplus and family
Norman Surplus and family

It was many happy returns for round-the-world gyrocopter pilot and cancer fund-raiser, Norman Surplus yesterday evening when he landed back home in Larne. Mid and East Antrim Borough Council officials worked fast with very little notice to secure the landing field and ensure public safety as the Larne adventurer piloted his open-cockpit aircraft on the last leg of his epic circumnavigation of the world from Scotland to Sandy Bay on Tuesday evening.

He ended his trip on the same Council-owned playing field close to his family

Norman Surplus and his gyrocopter
Norman Surplus and his gyrocopter

home where his wife Celia originally saw him off, to be greeted on Tuesday by Celia, their son Felix and daughter Petra and many well-wishers. Mr Surplus declared: “There is hope after surgery and chemotherapy and it is a very personal journey I have been on but I have managed to involve the whole world.”

 

Council staff were only advised at the weekend that Norman would be returning ‘on Monday or Tuesday – or possibly Wednesday’ depending on the weather during the flight from The Faroe Islands to Scotland and on to Larne.

In the event, staff had the field safety secured and had appropriate levels of staff in attendance as scores of well-wishers turned out to greet Norman’s touchdown, with a large media presence including a live link to BBC Newsline Northern Ireland.

National Allotments Week Carrickfergus

National Allotments Week, which has just been celebrated locally and nationally was marked by events at Eden Allotment Gardens, near Carrickfergus. These included Allotment Wildlife Walk, Allotment Arts & Crafts, Allotment Tidy Up, and Allotment Organic Compost & Fertilizer workshop.

Tom Ferris, Owen & Beth Patterson, Ellie & Lucy Cowan
Tom Ferris, Owen & Beth Patterson, Ellie & Lucy Cowan
Jamee Peart
Jamee Peart
allotment-week-12Aug-2015
allotment-week-12Aug-2015

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has three allotment sites at
Carrickfergus (Beltoy Road), Greenisland (Knockleigh Drive) and
Larne (Town Park).