Support our Paras Day

Salisbury Journal: Support our Paras Day Support our Paras Day

AVIATION, military and classic car fans enjoyed a fun day out at Old Sarum Airfield on Sunday.

The second Support Our Paras event was held to raise funds for the Parachute Regiment Charity, with flying displays, royalty and memorable presentations.

The event marked the 70th anniversary of the parachute regiment’s involvement in the Second World War at Normandy and Arnhem, as well as the 50th birthday of the regiment freefall display team, The Red Devils.

Unfortunately the Red Devils were unable to perform as winds were too high, but a flying display featuring veteran and modern aircraft did go ahead. Importantly, a Hurricane plane took part and Wing Commander Bob Foster, who flew more than 40 sorties in his Hurricane during the Battle of Britain, attended the show.

Prince Michael of Kent arrived in a Chinook helicopter and headed up a parade of the Astin Martin Owners’ Club and about 2,500 people turned up to enjoy all the entertainment.

Grenville Hodge, director of the airfield, said the day went well despite bad weather and they raised more than £50,000 for the parachute regiment.

He said: “We had some great memorable presentations in the marquee and a good day was had by all.”

They hope to organise more events at the airfield in the future as part of a regeneration programme.

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