Despite heavy storms on the day a large number of people turned out to show their support for the Armed Forces at what has become an annual event at Gang Warily Recreation and Community Centre in Fawley on Saturday 25 June 2016.
The planned fly past by the Spitfire, which recently flew over skies in the Solent during celebrations for its 80th anniversary, still managed to go ahead and the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers Parachute Display Team did not disappoint the crowd either managing, despite the weather conditions, to perform a large part their unique routine.
New Forest District Council Chairman, Cllr Goff Beck said” I visited all the stands and was impressed by the enthusiasm and dedication of those in charge of the various displays. For me there were three highlights, the roar of the merlin engine of the Spitfire as it made its three passes across the site; meeting the two Chelsea Pensioners and finally being invited to welcome and thank the 8 REME Parachute Display Team as they ‘dropped in’ to the party. A fine display of military discipline and professionalism”.
Cllr Beck received the salute from the team accompanied by Major Mike Curry (retd), Chelsea Pensioners Walter Swan and Godfrey Young and the Clerk to Fawley Parish Council, Steve Postlethwaite who was attending his first Armed Forces Day event and commented” It was good to see so many local people and those from outside the parish attending this worthwhile and well organised event”.
The Council would like to thank ExxonMobil, the Ministry of Defence and County Councillor Philip Fawkes for their sponsorship in assisting this event to run.