1911 Flying Competition, Gosforth Park
Gosforth Park in Newcastle was one of the stops in the Round Britain Air Race which took place between 22nd July and 5th August, 1911. The competition covered a 1,000 mile course with The Daily Mail offering a £10,000 prize. On the second stage of the competition, from Hendon to Edinburgh, the first flyers took off at 4am on Monday 24th July. After refuelling at Harrogate, Jules Védrines of France was the first pilot to reach Gosforth Park at 8:45 am. Védrines went on to win the stage, touching down in Edinburgh at 11 am André Beaumont was the overall winner of the competition.
Aviation as just coming of age; 1911 was the first year of widespread flying competitions across Europe. This air race in Britain raised great public interest.