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These pictures are all of the Northern Parachute Centre, Northern Northumbria Parachute Club, or Sunderland Parachute Centre based at Usworth Airfield, Sunderland
Pictures mostly supplied by Maurice Clyde from his charity project DVD. Grateful thanks to Maurice, as well as Paul Griffiths, Kerry Noble and Rob Noble-Nesbitt for comments and names.

Further names, details and comments are most welcome if you can provide them.


Official Opening Northern Parachute Centre January 1969
Graeme Cathro, ?, Deak Wright, Tony Jones, Jack Fowler, Mick Layzell, Brian Stanring, Albert Hooker

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Also officiating at the Grand Opening was John Noakes, Blue Peter presenter and parachuting celebrity of the day, pictured here at the far left.



BLUE STARS FREEFALL DISPLAY TEAM

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Marshall "Aussie"Power
Turner Fielding
George "Geordie" Russell
Vic Pollitt
Mick O'Neil
Kerry Noble
Bob "Biff" Burn
Ray Foster
Bryan Hewitt
Dick Reiter

NPC Chief Instructors
Kerry Noble 1970-71, Marshall Power 1969-70, John English 1971-72, Rob Noble Nesbitt 1972-1976
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Brian Hewitt, Kerry Noble, Mick O'Neill


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Bill Boot, preparing for his Instructors course
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Sue McDermot, June Teasdale and Ann ?, Anne Bintcliffe (over bucket)


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Aussie Power, Geoff Mew pilot, Les Richardson.

Geoff Mew was at one time, drummer for Screaming Lord Sutch' who later formed the Monster Raving Looney Party.
Les owned the black and red Currie Wot G-APNT of "Airymouse" acrobatic fame.
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Jumpers L to R are Kerry Noble, Brian Hewitt, Colin Holt, Jim Barnes
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Instructors Course at Sunderland 1969
Doug Peacock, ?, Aussie Powers, Kerry Noble, Brian Holt, ???
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Rob Noble-Nesbitt with student Edwina ? circa 1974
Rob Noble-Nesbitt, Colin Holt, Ingrid, Vic Pollitt, Kerry Noble, Geoff Mew, Pete Buckwell. circa 1970
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Stan Shout and John English after a water jump into the sea. circa 1972
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Lee Bamburgh, Aussie Power,Colin Holt, Kerry Noble after a demo
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Rob Noble-Nesbitt in Background
Kerry Noble in centre
Geoff Mew, Alan Layton, Doug Upson, Rob Noble-Nesbitt. circa 1973
Left Kerry Noble
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Delta2 Parawing malfunction, yet not cutaway, and reserve trailing behind
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Aussie Powers stag night. circa 1971
Aussie Powers stag night. circa 1971
Aussie Powers stag night. circa 1971
Sunderland Club event circa 1976
Malcolm Eltringham, Bob Nixon, Tony Wood, Stu Charlton,
unknown, Rob Noble-Nesbitt, Graham Vincent, Ken Nelson, Paul Griffiths
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Aussie Power 1000th jump celebration. On roof, Alan Layton and Rob Noble-Nesbitt
Aussie Power 1000th jump celebration. On roof, Alan Layton and Rob Noble-Nesbitt
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Jim Barnes
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John Corlett's wedding to Cathy. John was a regular jump pilot
Demo for John Corletts wedding. Jumpers: Rob Noble-Nesbitt, Kerry Noble, Dave Rowell.  All club instructors.
Dave Rowell,Kerry Noble,Cathy, John Corlett,Rob Noble-Nesbitt
Julie ?, Pat Rice, June Teasdale
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Dave Howerski, Rob Noble-Nesbitt .(On right, possibly John Kemley)



Delta 2 Parawing on a demo circa 1971

Kerry Noble

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Rob Noble-Nesbitt landing a Skydriver 9 at Sunderland 1970

Rob Noble-Nesbitt exiting a Cessna 172 over Sunderland 1970

Biff Burn, Tom Butler and Rob Noble-Nesbitt circa 1974

Rob Noble-Nesbitt congratulating Biff Burn on a dead centre circa 1974

Anne Bell, Secretary Northumbria Parachute Club circa 1973

Accuracy Competition circa 1972
Back Row L to R  Dave Howerski, Len Melville, Unknown, Bob Hiatt, Pete Buckwell, Doug Upson, Rob Noble-Nesbitt,
Front Row L to R  Biff Burn, Tim Andrews, John Meacock, Bob King, John English, Bill Catt

Kreskin TV Show - 1973
Rob Noble-Nesbitt and Kreskin

Kreskin TV Show - 1973
Rob Noble-Nesbitt and Kreskin

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Student Jump Ticket


Old Airfield Sign



The above picture and the next 6 are circa 1976, courtesy of Steve Miller



Pat Rice descending under main and reserve after a slow opening of his main










Steve Miller with Dennis, waiting to do yet another 5 second delay