Halton Families Enjoy Day Out

Personnel and their families at RAF Halton enjoyed the Queen’s Birthday Fly Past, amongst a host of other aircraft flying over the Station last weekend.

Other attractions at the Families Day were the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the Red Arrows and Tiger Moth display team which was rained off when the heavens opened, luckily after most of the flypast had taken place.

A committee of people from the Station headed up by Wing Commander Jenny Holmes, Officer Commanding Policy and Plans Wing, worked very hard to make the day a success, with lots of attractions, stalls and entertainments.  The children’s gymnastic group also put on a display

During the day, Halton’s Station Commander, Group Captain Simon Harper, presented a cheque for £850 to Blackberry Farm RSPCA Chief Inspector Rob Hartley, who accepted the cheque, saying: “This money is very welcome and will go a long way to helping the work we do. My colleagues bring injured animals into the Blackberry Farm Centre where they are cared for.”

As the weather cleared and the sun came out again both Halton’s Pipes and Drums and the Military Wives Choir Halton entertained the crowds.

Wing Commander Holmes, said: “In the year that the RAF celebrates its 95th anniversary, we also celebrate 100 years of military aviation from the Halton estate.  To mark this occasion and to pay tribute to all of those that work or live at RAF Halton, the Station held its 2013 RAF Halton Families Day on Saturday 15 June.

In spite of poor weather, the event was attended by over 4000 personnel made up of friends and families of those that serve and work at the Station.  The celebration of our flying heritage was supported by the Queens Birthday Flypast showcasing our newest aircraft, and the Tiger Moth Club with aircraft from across the ages of aviation.  Whilst poor weather prevented a number of aircraft and events from attending, we were fortunate to have flying displays from the Jet Provost, Miles Hawk Speed 6, RV8’s and Solo Tiger Moth.   There was also an exciting ground display to keep everyone entertained.  The Air Cadets once again supported in force whilst our own Pipes and Drums band added to the event.  We were also lucky to have the Halton Military Wives Choir sing for us and welcome back the sunshine!

Nevertheless, the great success of the day belonged to the committee who brought together the event.  The friendly atmosphere, the help and consideration shown to all and the weeks of hard work and preparation behind the scenes, ensured that everyone had an enjoyable time… no matter the weather.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who helped to organise the event, those that helped at the event, and those that came along to support the event; the day was a success because of you all.”

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