Spitfire flypast wows crowds as thousands turn out for navy open day

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HMS Collingwood’s open day returned after a two-year absence due to the pandemic.
HMS Collingwood’s open day returned after a two-year absence due to the pandemic.

THOUSANDS of people enjoyed an open day at HMS Collingwood.

The Fareham shore establishment welcomed crowds for its annual event – back for the first time in two years due to Covid.

The fast and furious Royal Navy and Royal Marines charity field gun competition once again took centre stage with 17 crews taking part.

This year the HMS Seahawk, Royal Naval Air Station Culdrse, Cornwall, crew took the honours. Lieutenant Jimmy Turner, No 11 in the Seahawk crew, said: “It was amazing to be back this year. This sport really brings everyone together.

“It’s been great to build for this over the past few years and absolutely amazing to win it today.

“I have to admit that I actually shed a tear when I realised we’d won.”

The Seahawk crew also won the Power Sports Cup for the fastest aggregate time across the competition and the Powerful Trophy for the fastest run.

HMS Collingwood’s commanding officer, Captain Catherine Jordan, said: “It was tremendous to be able to host open day and the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity Field Gun again this year after being away for two years.

"Discipline, teamwork, leadership and physical courage has been on show across defence.

“It’s also been lovely to offer something back to our local community who support us so well.”

Trainees were joined by Falklands veterans marching through the site off Newgate Lane with The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines Collingwood, to rousing applause from our visitors.

The march was held to mark 40 years since the conflict.

A special Spitfire flypast took place, with trainees also putting on a military display. There was also children’s entertainment, and a free funfair.

The event will take place next year on June 3.

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