Microlights visit Aboyne for film event

Kirk Watson filmed last year's flight around the UK by the disabled pilots
Kirk Watson filmed last year's flight around the UK by the disabled pilots

Aboyne Gliding Club is scheduled to welcome a group of special visitors today (Thursday).

Around six microlights are due to land piloted by injured service personnel ahead of a charity event in the village tonight.

The pilots are flying around the UK this month in preparation for a planned expedition to the South Pole. They will host a showing of the film ‘A Wing and A Prayer’ at Aboyne Community Centre at 7.30pm.

It was made by former Aboyne Academy pupil and freelance filmmaker Kirk Watson, from Torphins, who recorded the first flight around the UK by the team last year.

Flying for Freedom is putting together a daring expedition to Antarctica to be undertaken by eight injured service personnel.

It is aimed at highlighting the urgent need to build self-sustaining activities that get veterans back into work and daily life.

The expedition, in partnership with the charity Help for Heroes, will show their ability, not their disability, as they each fly by microlight to the South Pole.

Organisers describe it as a huge technical challenge and will involve modifying or designing what will be needed from scratch.

Tonight’s film showing will be introduced by the microlight team and people attending the event will have the chance to meet them and also to visit Aboyne Gliding Club to see the aircraft.

Entry to the screening will be £5, which will go towards covering fuel costs.