Letchworth 10 in full flight with paper aeroplane contest

PUBLISHED: 13:06 20 January 2020 | UPDATED: 17:14 20 January 2020

Over 50 amateur pilots competed in the first week of the Letchworth 10. Picture: Matt Margesson

Over 50 amateur pilots competed in the first week of the Letchworth 10. Picture: Matt Margesson

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Letchworth's finest amateur pilots marked the launch of 10 weeks of 'crazy' family activities on Saturday.

Over 50 amateur pilots competed in the first week of the Letchworth 10. Picture: Matt MargessonOver 50 amateur pilots competed in the first week of the Letchworth 10. Picture: Matt Margesson

Over 50 paper plane enthusiasts competed to throw the 'Longest Paper Aeroplane Flight' at The Arcade in Letchworth town centre - the first competition in a new 10-week schedule of diverse activities known as the Letchworth 10.

Chris Wilson, Letchworth Business Improvement District manager, hailed the afternoon as "even better than expected", and said that "some of the dads were rolling back the years and taking the whole thing very seriously".

Over 50 amateur pilots competed in the first week of the Letchworth 10. Picture: Matt MargessonOver 50 amateur pilots competed in the first week of the Letchworth 10. Picture: Matt Margesson

The longest paper aeroplane flight was recorded by Brian Collins, who logged an impressive distance of 16.6 metres and pocketed the £200 prize money.

Next Saturday the Letchworth 10 will move to Leys Square, where the town's finest talent will compete for the 'Best Two Minute Performance.'

Over 50 amateur pilots competed in the first week of the Letchworth 10. Picture: Matt MargessonOver 50 amateur pilots competed in the first week of the Letchworth 10. Picture: Matt Margesson

"It is going to be bigger and better, with £500 on offer for the winner," Chris said. "The description is open to interpretation - with anything from dancing to acting to any other unusual skill. It is going to be Letchworth's Got Talent."

Visit loveletchworth.com/letchworth 10 for more information on how to enter.

Over 50 amateur pilots competed in the first week of the Letchworth 10. Picture: Matt MargessonOver 50 amateur pilots competed in the first week of the Letchworth 10. Picture: Matt Margesson

Over 50 amateur pilots competed in the first week of the Letchworth 10. Picture: Matt MargessonOver 50 amateur pilots competed in the first week of the Letchworth 10. Picture: Matt Margesson

Over 50 amateur pilots competed in the first week of the Letchworth 10. Picture: Matt MargessonOver 50 amateur pilots competed in the first week of the Letchworth 10. Picture: Matt Margesson

Over 50 amateur pilots competed in the first week of the Letchworth 10. Picture: Matt MargessonOver 50 amateur pilots competed in the first week of the Letchworth 10. Picture: Matt Margesson

Over 50 amateur pilots competed in the first week of the Letchworth 10. Picture: Matt MargessonOver 50 amateur pilots competed in the first week of the Letchworth 10. Picture: Matt Margesson

Over 50 amateur pilots competed in the first week of the Letchworth 10. Picture: Matt MargessonOver 50 amateur pilots competed in the first week of the Letchworth 10. Picture: Matt Margesson

Over 50 amateur pilots competed in the first week of the Letchworth 10. Picture: Matt MargessonOver 50 amateur pilots competed in the first week of the Letchworth 10. Picture: Matt Margesson

Over 50 amateur pilots competed in the first week of the Letchworth 10. Picture: Matt MargessonOver 50 amateur pilots competed in the first week of the Letchworth 10. Picture: Matt Margesson

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