Vintage vehicles, creepy crawlies, a dog show and a bouncy castle were among the attractions at this year’s Wittfest.
RAF Wittering personnel and their families descended onto the site, carefully directed by the RAF Air Cadets from South and East Midlands Wing. In addition to Station personnel, residents from Wittering, Collyweston and Easton-on-the-Hill villages were also invited. Visitors were greeted by a display of vintage tractors, trucks and classic cars. They were also able to climb into the driver’s seat of 2 MT Sqn’s huge Oshkosh truck, or construct and fire a rocket with the help of 5001 Sqn personnel.
Bugtopia Zoo provided handling sessions with various creepy crawlies while Sacrewell Farm introduced crowds to their much cuddlier goats, chickens and rabbits. SAC Hannah Sambells of 3 MCS wowed diners with her selection of cakes in the Squadron tea and cake tent, while members of the RAF Wittering Archery Club challenged everyone to try out their targeting abilities. Station Golf and Karting Clubs both hosted interactive stalls, and various charities were represented. There was also a bouncy castle, children’s entertainer, face painting, rodeo sheep plus games organised by the Community Support Team.
The Nene Valley Pipe Band led by Pipe Major, Mick Murray, and accompanied by traditional Scottish Highland Dancers, led the proceedings in the daytime arena. There was also a sheepdog demonstration using sheep,
geese and four dogs, and Clair Boleman organised the popular
fun dog show.
The main stage came to life with performances by Ben Coaton, Beachy Head Diving Club, Zebra, RAF Wittering’s very own band, The Residents, followed by the headline act, Cap’n Rasty’s Big Time Charlies.
Plt Off Lucy Heal, who was part of the organising committee, said: “It was a Families’ Day to remember and we would like to thank everyone who helped. An event of this scale would not have been possible without the kind donations from the RAF Benevolent Fund, RAF Association, RAF Charitable Trust and Annington Trust. On behalf of RAF Wittering, thank you for your support which enabled us to create a special day for Whole Force personnel and their families.”