Helicopter flights over the River Tweed

Helicopter flights over the Tweed valley are being offered.

Helicopter flights over the Tweed valley are being offered.

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A day of helicopter rides over Berwick and the lower Tweed are scheduled for the May Bank Holiday Sunday.

The Friends of the Union Chain Bridge have arranged the event for Sunday, May 28, to give residents and holidaymakers a new perspective on the area.

The 12-minute flights, starting from the Chain Bridge Honey Farm, will follow the course of the river to Berwick, taking in the harbour and estuary, returning upriver past Paxton and the Union Bridge to Norham village and castle, before returning to the Union Bridge, where passengers will be able to enjoy drinks.

Friends trustee, Tommy Cockburn of Horncliffe, who is organising the pleasure flights, said: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy the thrill of a helicopter ride and experience the local area – town, coast, river and countryside – from a completely new perspective. It would make a never-to-be-forgotten gift for relatives, children or grandchildren.”

Flight bookings, at £90, are now being taken on a first-come, first-served basis – telephone Tommy on 01289 382890 for further details.

The Union Bridge will also feature shortly in an episode of the Antiques Road Trip. Filming took place last Friday, when the Friends’ chairman, Robert Hunter, talked about progress towards the £4.5million repair and restoration project.

Meanwhile, a knitted model of the bridge, made by the Horncliffe Hookers craft group, is on display in the foyer of The Maltings for the next few weeks.