Hundreds enjoy open day at North Luffenham Army barracks

Pippa Faulkner, 11, has fun on a spin cycle''Photo: SM180911-029ow
Pippa Faulkner, 11, has fun on a spin cycle''Photo: SM180911-029ow
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HUNDREDS of people made the most of an open day at the Army barracks at North Luffenham on Sunday.

Children and adults alike enjoyed archery and paint-balling and youngsters also had the opportunity to have a go on go-karts, land yachts and spin cycles.

There was also rides in a tank available and parascending, as well as bouncy castles, face painting, trade stalls and the opportunity to hold an owl or eagle.

To top off the events in the large arena, there was also food and a beer tent.

The capabilities of the Rapier Field Standard C, which provides low-level air defence, were showcased during a display, which involved explosions and an impressive flypast.

There were also displays by the 104 Military Working Dog Squadron, the Flying Gunners Royal Artillery Motorcycle Display Team and the Royal Artillery Parachute Team, which were met with whoops and cheers from the watching crowds.

The base’s commanding officer Lt Col James Phillips said it had been a successful event, with the aim of raising the profile of the Army in the area.

Lt Col Phillips said: “It is important for us to share what we do with our neighbours and to give a little flavour of what we do. It is important we thank people for their support.”

Soldiers returning from Germany are due to take over RAF Cottesmore in 2013, a year after the base becomes vacant in 2012.

St George’s Barracks in North Luffenham will also get additional dogs and handlers and is already preparing by building new kennels.

Personnel from the base and their families were able to enjoy the activities during the open day for free, while there was a small admission charge for the public to cover costs.

In the future, it is hoped the event can grow and eventually become a charity fundraising event for the Army Benevolent Fund and the Royal British Legion.