Over 4,500 people flocked to Epping Forest District Council`s North Weald Airfield on Sunday, 5 June to enjoy a community fun day and fly-in. The day was organised by Weald Aviation in association with Epping Forest District Council and The Squadron.
The American Eagles Fun Day and Fly-in was held to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the American Eagle Squadron at North Weald Airfield during World War II. Visitors were able to enjoy displays by Samurai Warriors, military re-enactors and their vehicles and equipment, The Essex Chapter Harley Davison motorbikes and dancers, as well as a static display of various aircraft and fly-ins throughout the day.
Younger people were well catered for with fairground rides, a bouncy castle and children`s entertainers. Charities raising vital funds on the day included St Clare Hospice, The Royal Air Force Association, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and Guide Dogs for the Blind.
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The highlight of the day for many was the arrival of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire. It flew past several times before landing and delighted the crowd, bringing back many memories.
The day was raising funds for Help for Heroes and the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust. The final total is not yet known.
A Council Spokesperson said: The day was a fantastic success. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves and we raised vital funds for several charities on the day.
Earlier that day wreaths were laid at the base of the Gate Guardian in memory of those who had lost their lives in conflict.
It was attended by the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council, Councillor Ken Angold-Stephens, Colonel Sonny Blinkinsop, American Air AttachÃ© to the UK with 4 American Honour Guards, and representatives from the Royal British Legion.