One of the main events in the town's calendar, the popular day of music and gravity-defying aviators at the pier saw more than 15,000 visitors throughout the event. Organiser Ilfracombe Round Table was delighted with the event, which is expected to raise several thousand pounds for local good causes. Visitors were entertained by life music throughout the day and then when the tide was high enough, costumed bird-people took off from the runway to soar - straight down in most cases - to much applause. The Dairy Boys from St James Dairy were crowned grand champions on the day after their soaring effort with an eight-metre wingspan glider, the biggest ever. Leo Cooper from the Round Table said all the lager and cider sold out too. He added: "15,000 visitors was very special, a phenomenal footfall and a good 2,000 more than the previous record. "Thank you to everyone who contributed to make the day such a success."