Base opens doors for visitor fun day

International Air Cadets visit RAF Fylingdales
International Air Cadets visit RAF Fylingdales
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VISITORS from far away, four-legged creatures and gravity-defying individuals scaling steep walls have all visited RAF Fylingdales recently.

However upon closer inspection these visitors at the base, which is often closely tied to sightings of alien visitors, were discovered to be far more terrestrial.

RAF fylingdales Family Day''Wing commander Rayna Owens abseils down the famous radar''w123101n

RAF fylingdales Family Day''Wing commander Rayna Owens abseils down the famous radar''w123101n

Air cadets from places as far away as China, New Zealand and USA visited the strategic radar base on 23 July to learn about the role of the site.

Then, on Friday 27 July, the base organised a families’ day, which included pony rides, magicians and a charity abseil by the base’s commander.

The families of service personnel at the base were invited to the event, organised by flight sergeant Bob Greenfield, Fylingdales community support officer, and Flight Lieutenant Jay Garratt, operations executive officer.

Flt Lt Garratt said: “This was a great family event and an opportunity for the station to give something back to our service families.”

RAF fylingdales Family Day''Wing commander Rayna Owens abseils down the famous radar''w123101m

RAF fylingdales Family Day''Wing commander Rayna Owens abseils down the famous radar''w123101m

The sponsored abseil by station commander Rayna Owens, along with other stalls, raised over £500 for the Royal National Institute for the Blind and the Royal British Legion.

Flt Sgt Greenfield added: “The day was a success because of the team spirit at Fylingdales. Some of the highlights included the Ministry of Defence Police and their dogs and the Defence Fire Service, which both proved to be very popular throughout the day.”

The Air Cadets who visited RAF Fylingdales enjoyed a tour of the radar and lunch in the Combined Mess, before heading to Whitby for an evening with the local Air Cadets.

Senior Aircraftsman Donald Garnett, who organised the visit, said: “This was a great visit, thoroughly enjoyable experience working with some of the brightest international cadets in the world.

RAF fylingdales Family Day''Police show family members their weapons''w123101e

RAF fylingdales Family Day''Police show family members their weapons''w123101e

“We’re looking forward to the next one already.”

RAF fylingdales Family Day''Children get the oppurtunity to extinguish real fires with the fire service''w123101d

RAF fylingdales Family Day''Children get the oppurtunity to extinguish real fires with the fire service''w123101d

RAF fylingdales Family Day''Kids compete on the climbing wall''w123101b

RAF fylingdales Family Day''Kids compete on the climbing wall''w123101b