Airborne firework display over Pentillie Castle gets mistaken for UFO!

Pentillie Files…

On Saturday 21st July, following their wedding ceremony at St Mellion church, Joshua Albon and Elspeth Taylor celebrated their marriage, holding their wedding reception here at Pentillie Castle. After an exquisite 3 course wedding breakfast in an elegantly decorated marquee, which opened up at the far end to allow guests to take in the stunning views of the Tamar Valley. Next on the order of the day were speeches, followed by drinks and dancing to upbeat live band Mammoth. Only, there was one more thing to happen, a suprise for Elspeth…

Just before 9.30pm the band announced that all guests should leave the marquee and stand on the old tennis lawn outside. At 9.30pm on the dot, four streaks of sparkling light lined the sky, as they got closer guests were amazed when they realised it was 2 planes, lit up in neon lights, both with fireworks trailing from each wing and just when they thought it couldn’t get any better the planes started to perform an aerobatic display! The wedding party were in awe of such a beautiful, graceful and completely silent display by Airborne Pyrotechnics. Especially Elspeth who had no idea that her new husband Josh, Royal Navy pilot, had organised this wonderful surprise! The couple had previously thought about hiring the Airborne Pyrotechnics but had later ruled it out. Coincidentally, Elspeth’s mother decided to book the airborne duo as a surprise for the couple, but when she called she was told the date was already booked by a Mr Joshua Albon –  great minds think alike!

As it turns out, it was not just the bridal party who were in awe of the display. Due to the fields throughout the Tamar Valley and around the Pentillie Estate being scorched from the wonderful hot and dry summer we are all enjoying, the pilots decided it would be sensible to lift the display slightly higher than normal for safety reasons, resulting in many areas of South East Cornwall and Plymouth being able to see the display too!

We had no idea that within minutes of the display starting there would be a media frenzy happening on the Plymouth Live website (see article here) and Facebook page stating… Mysterious lights in the sky… UFO spotted over Cornwall… Could it be aliens? The Facebook post alone had 250 comments, pictures and videos and reaching more than 30,000 Facebook feeds! At the time we were just enjoying the display and had no idea what was going on online until we were tipped off the following day. We contacted Plymouth Live to solve the mystery of the UFO sighting, informing them it was, in fact, an incredible airborne firework display organised for our newly married couple’s dream wedding celebration and that it was definitely not anything of an extraterrestrial nature flying in the evening sky, but was actually two extremely talented pilots performing the most incredible and original air display we had seen. Plymouth Live decided to run with the story again, putting the mystery to bed. They got in touch with the pilots, the bride and groom and we also had a chat with them too.

Here is the final article Plymouth Live ran with.

Here is a video of what it looked like up close…


As a wedding venue, Pentillie Castle are always happy to work with new ideas. There is no prescribed formula to weddings here allowing you the freedom and flexibility to plan the wedding of your dreams! We provide a spectacular setting and our incredible team will be by your side every step of the way focusing their attention on you and your special day. For more information about weddings at Pentillie, please call Lisa, our wedding coordinator on 01579 350044.

We will be hosting our next Wedding Preview on Sunday 28th October from 12 noon, and would be delighted for you to join us viewing the Castle set up for a wedding and the opportunity to meet many wonderful suppliers.

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