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