Ring of fire feat in dogs’ display

pic by ian mantel
pic by ian mantel

THERE are not only fly-pasts galore going on in the sky during the four days of Airbourne, there’s also plenty to entertain the whole family in the display arena and along the prom.

There are two designated beach play areas for children with giant inflatables and bungee trampolining for the little ones.

On the Western Lawns, open from 10am-6pm, there will be displays including the Army Air Corps Gazelle and Scout Helicopters, a Warrior (AFV), a 16-ton tracked armoured vehicle used by the Mechanised Infantry in Iraq and Afghanistan and a military vehicle display including a GMC Troop Carrier and a Kaiser Jeep Troop Carrier with a 155 Howitzer gun. There will be birds of prey from Falconry UK, including eagles, hawks, falcons and owls, and the ever-popular Essex Dogs Display Team (pictured).

The Fit 4 Life team will be demonstrating the cooking of a nutritional dish and showing off the current 12 and 24-hour ration packs.

The army will also be showcasing paintballing – the free display allows visitors to use the paintball markers on a firing range while firing at static targets.

The Royal Marines will take on a challenge themselves and set the target for visitors to compete against them.

The challenge consists of a series of differently weighted bags and equipment placed on the ground at intervals.

And the Royal Marines Corps of Drums will be delighting audiences with their drum and bugle display in the arena.

Other attractions include hairdresser Jal Clarke, from Icon Stylists, who will be cutting hair for donations to Airbourne (a minimum donation is £5) and helicopter rides from Beachy Head (call 01843 825222). The fun is brought to a close by a grand firework finale at 10pm on Sunday from the eastern seafront, to mark the end of Airbourne and the Olympics.