Gloucester's inaugural Paper Plane Championships were held amidst much cheering

It was a tense but jubilant finish to the inaugural Gloucester Paper Planes Championships on Saturday, when seven year old Archie Murray from Firefly bested the final heat with a lucky flight to be proclaimed the Champion of Champions. Organised to complement the Gloucester Gallery’s current interactive ‘Come Fly With Me’ exhibition, the competition took place after a viewing in the Soldiers Club auditorium of the ever-popular Australian film Paper Planes, and proved the point that you’re never too old or too young to fly... a paper plane.

Organiser Leanne Barrett ran the competition to official rules and across three age group heats, with an ecstatic Archie Murray ,7, happy Jack Wormsley, 12, and a jubilant Steve Robinson, 72, all winning a cafe voucher and bronze paper trophy made by Leanne. The spontaneous grand final was won sparingly by Archie, who in a nail biting finish only just edged out his closest competitor Jack with his plane’s final distance in the last run.