Red Devils make perfect landing

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The Red Devils parachuted into Toulston Park for the finals of the Ogden of Harrogate Armada Plate and Silver Jubilee Plate polo tournament last Sunday.

Yet just 48 hours earlier, team members Corporal Mike French and Corporal Wayne Shorthouse were involved in a near-disastrous incident at Whitehaven when Corporal French’s parachute became tangled in the legs of Corporal Shorthouse above him and they were forced to land in water sharing one parachute.

This time they executed the very same stacking stunt to perfection, amid cheers from a capacity crowd at the venue near Tadcaster.

Photographer Anna Gowthorpe said: “There was a huge cheer from the crowd when these two guys came in.

“Everyone knew about the Whitehaven incident and there were cheers and clapping when they landed safely.”

Ogdens-sponsored Leolene Lions beat Mad Dogs 6–5 in the Armada Plate.

The winners of the Silver Jubilee Competition were Beverley, who beat Welland Valley 5–4 in a nail-biting finish.

The annual tournament was sponsored by luxury jewellers Ogden of Harrogate in association with top-end watch brand Parmigiani and Maserati cars/JCT600.

Eleanor Goddard was the lucky winner of a £5,900 Kalpa Piccola watch by Parmigiani, presented to her by Emmerdale actress Michelle Hardwick.

Other prizes on offer included two test days driving Maserati cars at Millbrook Proving Ground.

“Ogden of Harrogate has been a major part of this polo tournament for the last ten years and this year was particularly special with the excitement of the Red Devils stunt and the support of Parmigiani Watches and Maserati,” said Ben Ogden, Director of Ogden of Harrogate.

“Everyone loves the glamorous but relaxed atmosphere at Toulston and we all had a fantastic day.

“The popularity of this event demonstrates that polo is continuing to go from strength to strength in the North of England and we at Ogden of Harrogate very much enjoy being involved in such an exciting sport.”