Introduction to Ed Potter's Story

Introduction to Ed Potter's Story

Hi Folks!

You have Phil Chettleburgh and Mike Lake to thank for this. It is my personal view of the history of hang gliding towing in Norfolk and Suffolk. I did promise Phil that it would be relevant to hang gliding (eventually) and to East Anglia (mostly). So here goes … and, by the way, if any of you are famous or unfortunate enough to be mentioned by name below, then please add your comments to correct or amplify my memories!

Viewing tips

If you want to see a picture in more detail, just click on it. It has been set up so that any image will open in a new browser window. Then you can gawp at it with any magnification you like. Better than a book, eh! Just close the window when you have done with it.

This was written as one story, mostly chronological. Because of the total length of the story and the plethora of images, we have chopped it into smaller sections. You can click your way down the sidebar for each next instalment - provided that you remember where you are! Of course you are perfectly free to jump ahead but you may miss allusions to material in earlier sections.

If you prefer the story in one continuous stream then just click on the 'alledspages' link at the top of the sidebar. You may have to wait a bit while your browser digests it – it would cover about 50 A4 pages! In this mode you won't see the sidebar listing of my sections, nor the comments boxes.

If you can see only the NHGC sidebar, you may already be in the continuous stream. To get back to the sections click here: introduction. If you don't know where you are, click here anyway! If you want to send the link to someone else, try this:


You'll find Comments Boxes at the end of this section and at the end of the penultimate 'Finale' section. You may be able to make comments without registering - Phil will set this up. The Comments will be moderated, but very moderately, and of course are available for the rest of the universe to see, for ever. If you want to make a comment that isn't appropriate for this, then it would be better to contact the website administrator (Phil).


You may notice that the layout of images and text is sometimes a bit weird. This is a completely frustrating ‘feature’ of html and/or browsers which has ultimately defeated me. Sorry, you'll just have to ride with it - at least you've got lots of pictures. As for printing it, just expect even more apparently random disorganisation. It's a nightmare. Good luck is all I can say.

Linked Names

If your name is a link then that means you already have a page on this website. I have intended to show the link the first time you are mentioned in the whole story but generally not thereafter - it just got too fussy.

Small Print

Skip this unless you want borrow or reproduce things from this page. It doesn't apply if you just want to link anything here to other pages on this NHGC website.
This article (all its sections) is Copyright © Edmund A. Potter 2008. All photos and images except where noted otherwise are included. Edmund A. Potter has asserted the moral right under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the author of this work.
If you scroll to the bottom of this Wikidot screen you will see that the Content of this page is licensed under a Creative Commons "Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works License". This means that if you want to use it for commercial purposes, or to modify it, you must ask my permission. The intention is not financial gain but to ensure that the material is properly acknowledged if used elsewhere, so that any ensuing fame accumulates to the benefit of the NHGC - and me of course! I know a few of the photos were not taken by me. If they are yours, then please tell me, and I will happily credit you.

If you are searching for a particular event and know roughly in which year it occurred, then try the sections for those years. If you get fed up with this, then try the 'alledspages' link and use your browser to search for likely text words.

To start the story, click here: in-the-very-beginning

Happy Browsing!

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