Thousands of people enjoyed a fantastic Community Day at the North Weald ‘Salute to the Few’ on Sunday as the council-owned airfield put on a show to remember. It was a very special occasion as the airfield commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
An estimated crowd of 5,000 people were wowed by the air display featuring the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire and Hurricane, supported by some of the airfield’s own special residents including Folland Gnats as used by the Red Arrows, a rare Agusta helicopter and Yak 52 display combination, an historic Huey helicopter and the impressive Hawker Hunter. The day ended with a stunning Sunset Ceremony as serving members of 56 Squadron RAF joined Airforce Cadets, Epping Forest Pipe Band and veterans of the battle in a moving conclusion to the event.
There was something for all ages at North Weald. Face-painting, free fairground rides, bouncy castles and a petting farms with a range of exotic and farm animals drew in the children. Classic cars, military vehicles, static aircraft, market stalls and council-stands entertained the adults.
Working in partnership with Epping Forest District Council, Weald Aviation organised the community activities including music, dance and stunt-bike displays in the main arena while The Squadron organised the aerial display. Re-enactors in period uniforms added to the historical feel of the day. Epping Ongar Railway brought people to North Weald by steam train and vintage bus.
Profits from the salute to the few will be donated to the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA).
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Find details of what’s on, planes flying and arena shows at northwealdairfieldfunday.com.