815 NAS Lynx at Wilton House Supercars
A Royal Navy Lynx from 815 Naval Air Squadron based out of the Royal Naval Air Station at Yeovilton were a welcoming addition to the Wilton House Supercar day in Salisbury. An enthusiastic team of willing volunteers from the squadron also assisted in raising money for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s fund.
Chief Petty Officer Baz Firth from Yeovilton organised the Royal Navy presence at the event after being impressed by last year’s event. “The Wilton House Supercar day is in support of the Salisbury Little Star’s Children’s appeal and having attended as a visitor the last three years and building up friendships with the organisers and owners I arranged the 815 Squadron Lynx for this year. The majority of work I do is for my chosen charity, the RNRMCF and I took the opportunity to pitch the banners around the Lynx with the donation bucket raising more money for the RNRMCF”.
The event takes place in the grounds of Wilton House, near Salisbury and is a fantastic chance for people to look around Supercars and raise money for Children’s charities. This year over 100 of the world’s most expensive and exotic cars were on show. Billed as the event 'brought to you by enthusiasts for enthusiasts’ it regularly attracts over 15000 spectators every year, all there to see the parade of classic and prestige’s supercars that their owners have driven to the event from across the country.
Amongst the roar of the supercars and the loud cheers from the crowds the Lynx was set up for the public to take a look at, ask questions with the aircrew and engineers and get hands-on inside the Maritime attack helicopter. Naval Air Engineers were on hand to give out posters, chat about their jobs and have fun with the public and the events guests.
Lord Pembroke who turned up with his Bugatti Veyron and one of the organizers of the event said, “The Lynx, those that manned the display area and not forgetting the amazing display by the helicopter were one of the highlights of the show. We have had such positive feedback from the press and the public about the Navy attending. Thank you”.
All in during the day over £34,000 was raised for the Salisbury Little Stars Children’s Appeal and the 815 NAS contribution went a long way to ensuring the success of the day.