Thousands flood airfield for explosive community day (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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The North Weald Airfield Community Day and Resilience show kept families entertained
Thousands of people flocked to an airfield to watch explosive demonstrations and get vital safety advice today.
The fire service stunned audiences at the annual North Weald Airfield Community Day and Resilience Show as they cut roofs from cars and simulated ferocious fires.
Dancers wowed the large crowds and classic cars, planes and helicopter rides kept all ages entertained at the Epping Forest District Council event.
Army memorabilia, Red Cross information, riot police, a bomb disposal unit and even an animal petting farm were just some of the attractions.
Leading Firefighter, David Smith, said that the fun day also carries a serious message.
He said: “I honestly believe that the demonstrations have the right effect on audiences. It will definitely stick in their memory.
“I would like to think that afterwards they will go home and think about what they have seen and think about the advice that we have given.
“It is important that people are prepared for the worst case scenario.”
Fifty-nine-year-old Chris Butcher literally set up camp on the airfield with guns, ration packs and army kit from the Second World War.
He said: “It is all my own collection and people have loved it, especially children and ex-serviceman.
“I haven’t even been able to stop for lunch.
“It is a great event. I would like to see more flying at the next one.”
The Royal Air Force Association, British Legion, Help for Heroes, Sue Ryder and St Clare Hospice were among the charities represented at the successful second event.
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