On 28 April 1910, Louis Paulhan won a £10,000 prize offered by the Daily Mail for the first flight between London and Manchester within a 24-hour period. Paulhan completed his flight in 12 hours, having spent 4 hours and 12 minutes in the air. He landed on a potato field in Burnage, now named Paulhan Road. Paulhan led the way for flight in Manchester, as prior to 1910, most aircraft flight was confined to circus acts. This historic flight pre-dates regular flight in Manchester by some years, as it wasn’t until 1938 that Manchester Airport opened.
To celebrate this great piece of local history, a celebration is being held in Fog Lane Park, on Saturday 10 July 2010, located metres from where Paulhan landed. The theme of the event is ‘Aviation and Transport’.
Attractions on the day include a circus, climbing wall, kite-making, brass band, cream teas, vintage buses and rides plus lots of stalls.
Volunteers are needed on the day to help out with the following:
• setting up stalls with tables and gazebos
• stewarding and directing people to the toilets and first aid
• handing out booklets to event-goers
• tidying up at the end of the event
Volunteers are needed from either: 10am-2pm or 1pm-5pm, or for the full day if available.
Volunteers should ideally live locally to Fog Lane Park and in South Manchester, as the event is about encouraging local people to participate in the event and also volunteer with local groups.
For further information, contact Sarah Lucas, on 0161 227 3822 / 0779 565 1961, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.