When it comes to trumping your mates at the school prom Callum Hall wins easily because his mode of transport would have left standing any Ferraris, Hummers or horses.

He arrived at the Perins School event in a helicopter courtesy of his grandfather.

Callum, 16, had suggested it would be a good idea, especially as he wants to be a commercial pilot.

His granddad Chris Thompson, a pilot, made the arrangements and the Robinson R44 made the short nine-minute flight from near Callum’s home in West Tisted near Alresford to the Botleigh Grange Hotel last Saturday.

Callum said: “It was amazing. I just wanted to do something different. You hear of people going in supercars.

“One or two people thought I was being a snob but lots of people asked me questions about it and lots have been pulling my leg.”

Mr Thompson said: “Callum flies with me all the time.

“All the kids try to outdo each other so I asked a friend, Peter Waldron, a professional pilot, to do it.

“It took a bit of arranging and the hotel charged £125.”

While Callum arrived James Bond-style Jamie Cripps and James Hillman took things to the other extreme. The pair arrived on two tiny Fiat 500 toy cars.


PROMS SPECIAL: Don’t forget to pick up your copy of tomorrow’s Daily Echo for our second proms special – 24-pages packed with pictures from proms from across Southampton and Hampshire. There will also be the chance to vote for your Prom King and Queen. If you missed our first proms supplement you can still see all the pictures and videos at dailyecho.co.uk.