Families Day 2017

A motorbike stunt show, fairground rides and a tutor display flypast were among the attractions at RAF Wittering’s Families’ Day.

Despite some indifferent weather in the week prior, personnel and their families were blessed with a sunny day, albeit a little windy.

There were some excellent attractions for all ages, from bouncy castles, face painting and ‘Mrs Bubbles’ for the younger children to Segway racing, archery and birds of prey for those feeling a bit more adventurous.

The impressive motorsport stunt show from Steve Colley, who fresh from displaying at the Isle of Man TT, put on two great displays of outrageous motorbike skills. The highlight was watching him ride his ‘one-wheeled bike’ onto the top of his van, with some significant cross winds.

Air Cadets from the City of Derby Squadron, performed a rifle display routine, which was highly entertaining and very professional. The Station was also supported by a number of local Air Cadet Squadrons providing expert marshalling.

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

Unfortunately due to the strong winds at Coningsby, the BBMF flypast was cancelled, however this did not prevent the Tutor display aircraft putting on a superb display for its home event, which also kicked off their display season.

The children were also entertained by Ben Elephant, mascot of the RAF Benevolent Fund.

A huge thank you to all the volunteers who gave up their time to support the many attractions, but also to the RAF Benevolent Fund and the RAF Association who made significant financial contributions, which enabled all of our families and friends to enjoy the day at minimal cost.