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Byline: Jane Tyler Staff Reporter

HAT'S what we call dropping into a party.

TBut when you're talking about parachute team the Red Devils, the only way is down - from thousands of feet.

ey added razzmatazz and thrills to a family fun day at Warwickshire County Cricket Club by making a guest appearance. And the skydivers wore headcams to capture a real bird'seye view of Birmingham.

All 13 members of the team parachuted into the Edgbaston stadium yesterday - complete with ags and red, white and blue smoke. ey landed to the strains of a military band.

And they ensured a unique start to a sporting xture. One of the Red Devils descended clutching a cricket ball and handed it to the teams on the pitch to herald the start of play.

e cricket ground played host to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital's rst Forces Family Fun Day.

It was a free event, but was expected to raise several thousand pounds for Fisher House charity - the "home away from home" at Edgbaston's QE Hospital, for military patients and their families.

Warwickshire County Cricket Club has chosen Fisher House as its charity partner for the next three years.

As well as the Red Devils display, there was plenty for adults and kids to enjoy.

Music was provided by military bands and there was also a chance to see the Royal Marines military commando display team.

e Red Devils are made up of 13 serving members of the Parachute Regiment. eir role is to promote both the Parachute Regiment and the British Army by carrying out around 100 spectacular parachute displays at public events each year. Spokesman Capt John Bowen said: "Yesterday's clear blue skies, temperatures in the mid 20s and little wind made for near perfect conditions for the team to show o their skydiving prowess." He added one of the parachutists made the jump holding a cricket ball which, fortunately, he did not drop. He then handed it to the two teams waiting to start a match on the pitch.

Cricket fans were not neglected during the fun day as there was a chance to look behind the scenes at the famous ground.

Following the fun day there was a Twenty20 Armed Forces vs Warwickshire Legends match, then, at 5pm, a screening of the FA Cup Final.

n To nd out more information about Fisher House, visit or contact 0121 371 4852.


The Red Devils deliver the cricket ball

The Red Devils in |action during Queen Elizabeth Hospital's first Forces Family Fun Day at Edgbaston PICTURES: JASON SKARRATT
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:May 18, 2014
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