MORE Birdmen and Birdwomen are needed to make this year’s staging of the famous event in Bognor Regis a success.
The organisers of the flying contest off the pier on June 28 and 29 have received only nine entrants to date.
This is far short of the 40 - 20 on each day of the seafront spectacle they are seeking to make the occasion its usual success.
Barry Jones, of the organising committee, said: “We can’t put on a two-day event with just nine entrants.
“It would be over with as soon as it had started, which would be embarrassing.
“Twenty entrants a day makes it into a real spectacle.”
The deadline for entries is the end of next week, but latecomers could still gain a place.
The International Bognor Birdman contest involves three categories.
These are the Kingfisher class for flamboyant costumes, the Leonardo da Vinci category for those with the best flying machines and the Condor for hang-gliders who are determined to fly for more than 100m.
Two of the early entrants are in the Condor class.
The others are Kingfishers, which are typically used to raise money for charities.
Two local good causes which will benefit from this year’s Birdman are Big Love and the Sussex Snowdrop Trust.
Entries to join in next month should be made to 01243 868174 or online at www.birdman.org.uk
There is a £10 fee.