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These girls know how to have a ball!

FORGET the limousine, for one group of Matravers School pupils in Westbury the only way to arrive in style to their Year 11 leavers' ball was by helicopter.

This Is Lancashire: Emma Harvey and Vicky Wheeler at Cumberwell Park after arriving by helicopter	Emma Harvey and Vicky Wheeler at Cumberwell Park after arriving by helicopter

Fellow pupils looked on in awe as the helicopter carrying 16-year-olds Emma Harvey, Vicky Wheeler, Charlie Carpenter and Ollie McGregor, flew to Cumberwell Park, Bradford on Avon on Thursday.

Emma, of Studland Park, Westbury, said: "When we landed everyone rushed up to the front because they thought it was a movie star or someone. I was ecstatic. "A few people heard in school that someone was going in a helicopter but they didn't know who it was. When we turned up they were amazed."

She and her friends had originally wanted to arrive in a limo but when they went to organise it they were all booked up. "My mum spoke to someone in work who suggested a helicopter. I was really excited about it because I've never known anyone do it before," Emma said.

"It only took a couple of minutes to get from the West Wilts trading estate to the park. We left at 7pm and had arrived at about nine minutes past because there wasn't any traffic. "It was amazing being able to look out at the view and were able to see where we lived."

"When I got out of the helicopter I couldn't stop smiling the whole time. Everyone was running up to us taking pictures. It was like being a celebrity." It was Emma's dad Nick who managed to organise the helicopter after the original limo plan fell through.

He said: "It's one up on a limo. My friend Shaun May owns the helicopter and I asked him if he'd do it and he said he'd be happy to.

"Emma thought it was unbelievable and didn't think I'd be able to do it but it all worked out."

Other vehicles transporting students to the ball included a Ferrari and an Aston Martin.

The ball was the culmination of a day of events for pupils in Year 11, who left on Thursday for study leave.

During the day the students had karaoke, a leavers' assembly and were shown a video of their first day at the school five years ago.

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