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We all fly in a yellow submarine

PUBLISHED: 17:27 25 June 2008 | UPDATED: 10:06 11 August 2010

The yellow submarine

The yellow submarine

FORGET the Marx brothers this band of Dagenham divers have created a far superior flying machine – in the form of the Beatles Yellow Submarine. The sub aqua club who meet on Tuesdays at the Ford club in Rush Green decided to enter this year s Red Bull Fl

FORGET the Marx brothers this band of Dagenham divers have created a far superior flying machine - in the form of the Beatles' Yellow Submarine.

The sub aqua club who meet on Tuesdays at the Ford club in Rush Green decided to enter this year's Red Bull Flugtag.

It is an event that takes place in Hyde Park where teams build their own machines that will hopefully fly, all to raise money for charity.

Some of the crews were university students of engineering going for first place and others like our Sub-aquanots just wanted to have fun.

Amazingly the yellow submarine out-flew the competition to snatch second place out of 42 entries staying in the air for an incredible 12 metres.

The crew were all proud of their effort, their press officer, Pierre Walsh said: "It was a fantastic day - really just such good fun.

"We had been working for some time on the project so it was great to finally get her in the air. I still can't believe how well it flew.

"It was our dive officer, Jim Denby's girlfriend who saw the advertisement for the Flugtug on TV and suggested it.

"Then they came up with the idea of the yellow submarine which we all loved being big Beatles fans and it tied in with what we do at the club.

"We made the machine out of a wind-surfer and some plastic membrane boards, wire fencing and papier-mâché were used for the nose and tail.

"It was really exciting on the day. There were loads of TV crews there and we were featured on CNN and ITV.

"Everyone was singing Yellow Submarine and cheering us on - it was great.

"We did it all to raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institute. I think we raised around £1,000 but it hasn't all come in yet so it could be more.

"Lots of people sponsored us and I would like to thank them.

"The club also organised a couple of days where we went to Brentwood and Lakeside to collect money."

The other main organisers of the Sub Aqua Club effort at the Flugtug on Saturday June 5 were members, Daryl Naylor, Jim Denby and Rob Summers.


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