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The Birdmen of Bognor marked the ninth anniversary of that momentous day when Bognor pier

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The Birdmen of Bognor marked the ninth anniversary of that momentous day when Bognor pier

The Birdmen of Bognor marked the ninth anniversary of that momentous day when Bognor pier first hosted its now-famous birdman event. Witches, imitation airplanes, hang glidermen, fools and flights in fancy dress paraded before holiday makers at the West Sussex report before leaping off the and of the pier. The idea in to fly as far as possible and first prize of £ 250 went to Mike Collia, 51, who flew 22 metres on his hang glider. The contest, watched by 10, 000 people lining the sea front was organised by the local Lions club to raise money for charity. One witch with weight-trouble but great style, heads for the sea. August 1980 P000984

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The Birdmen of Bognor marked the ninth anniversary of that momentous day when Bognor pier first hosted its now-famous birdman event. Witches, imitation airplanes, hang glidermen, fools and flights in fancy dress paraded before holiday makers at the West Sussex report before leaping off the end of the pier. The idea was to fly as far as possible and first prize of £250 went to Mike Collia, 51, who flew 22 metres on his hang glider. The contest, watched by 10,000 people lining the seafront was organized by the local Lions club to raise money for charity. One witch with weight-trouble but great style heads for the sea. This print from August 1980 captures a unique moment in time when daring individuals took flight from Bognor pier. With humor and enthusiasm filling the air, participants showcased their creativity through imaginative costumes and unconventional flying contraptions. As spectators lined up along the picturesque coastline of West Sussex, they eagerly awaited each leap into unknown skies. The atmosphere buzzed with excitement as these brave souls defied gravity in pursuit of glory and charitable contributions. Amongst them all stood Mike Collia - a true champion whose hang gliding skills propelled him an impressive distance of 22 meters. His triumphant flight earned him not only applause but also a well-deserved cash prize. This remarkable image encapsulates both nostalgia for a bygone era and admiration for human ingenuity. It serves

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