12 June 2017

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Beautiful weather met Station personnel and their families as hundreds turned out for the annual Families’ Day at Royal Air Force Wittering on Saturday 10th June.

Motorcycle Stuntman Steve Colley giving a demonstration.

Daring and raw nerve on two wheels caught the crowd’s attention early on. Motorcycle stuntman Steve Colley gave his audience a demonstration of real skill as he pulled wheelies and put his bike through a series of seemingly impossibly dangerous manoeuvres.

Motorcycle Stuntman Steve Colley giving a demonstration.

Every year RAF Wittering says thank you to its civilian personnel, service personnel and their families for their continuing hard work and support. As always, the organising team had arranged a host of entertaining attractions for adults and children.

One of the many junior Robin Hoods at the stall run by RAF Wittering’s Archery Club.

Local food was also a big pull for the crowds. Grasmere Farms from Market Deeping kept hungry people fed with craft burgers and sausages, whilst Riva Pizza from Peterborough brought their mobile ‘cuccina’ from which freshly baked artisan pizzas flowed.

A craft hotdog from Grasmere Farms

It wouldn’t be a Station Families’ Day without an air display. The RAF Tutor display team did the crowds proud with an amazing demonstration of just what the Grob 115 can do with a skilled pilot at the controls.

Visitors get up close to a Grob Tutor and meet members of the University Air Squadrons

In addition to the creative face-painting and the hugely popular stall from RAF Wittering’s archery club, the children were entertained by Ben Elephant, mascot of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. Unbeknown to the audience, the Station Commander and a few of his execs were in the costume.

Precision drill from the Air Cadets (note the RAF Benevolent Fund’s mascot ‘Ben Elephant’ marching in the background).

Group Captain Rich Pratley is the Station Commander at RAF Wittering. He said: “A lot of work goes into Families’ Day and the team from across the whole Station, under the leadership of Adam Troughton and the wider 42 Wing team, have worked exceptionally hard to give the Station’s personnel and their families an enjoyable day.”

Precision drill from the Air Cadets (note the RAF Benevolent Fund’s mascot ‘Ben Elephant’ marching in the background).

He continued: “Families’ Day is a highlight of the Station’s year. Station personnel make a massive contribution to Defence and their families and friends are that vital link. So it’s absolutely right that we thank them for everything they give us, that’s what today is all about.”

A visitor meets a Harris hawk belonging to NBC Environment

The team from Marshall Military Sales

Editor: Ed Palmer

Photographer: Cpl Paul Robertshaw & Supplied Images

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