A DARLINGTON-BASED drone company proved that pigs really can fly in a recent promotion with a betting company – and the event was witnessed by hundreds of onlookers and more then 100,000 people online.

DroneCam Solutions teamed up with Marathon Bet, who is offering enhanced odds on Brighton, Newcastle and Huddersfield winning the Premier League, promoting that if pigs can fly, then anything is possible.

David Bridgen, drone company owner, said: "I was approached by an advertising agency who wanted to see if it was possible to make pigs fly with the help of drones.

"I knew straight away it was something I wanted to be a part of as nothing like this has ever been done with drones in the UK before, so I was very keen to get on board and help make it happen."

It took five weeks for the design and proto-type to be made and tested.

Mr Bridgen said: "It took some effort to find a company that would be able to make model pigs to attach to drones, a few companies said it wasn’t possible, this just spurred us on even more to prove them wrong!"

He then got his team of CAA Certified drone operators together and spent the day on Brighton beach with football pundits Alan Smith and Andy Townsend, who were part of the advert.

Alan Smith questioned Andy Townsend on what he thought Brighton’s chances were of winning the league. He replied: "I think you might get better odds on seeing pigs fly", which then led into footage of the pigs flying over the water by the famous Brighton Pier.

Mr Bridgen said: "After the planning and preparation that went into the promotion, it was fantastic to see the pigs in the air. The passing public were showing a range of emotions from puzzlement, laughter and shock.

"It was brilliant to see, even though I, the advertising agency and Marathon Bet had seen the pigs being created, we couldn’t quite believe it ourselves either! It was the first promotion of its kind in the UK and all parties were happy with the results."

DroneCam Solutions are a team of trained, qualified drone operators certified by the Civil Aviation Authority and fully insured for commercial work using drones.

They carry out aerial surveys and inspections, create promotional videos and images for property sales, commercial premises, events and weddings.

To view the Marathon Bet video, visit DroneCam Solutions or vimeo.com/231360928.