Friday, 11 July 2008
Sea King helicopter re-enacts mountain
rescue at Ayr Racecourse Family Day
By: Iain Ferguson
A DRAMATIC re-enactment of a mountain rescue complete with a Royal Navy Sea King helicopter swooping down to winch an injured man to safety was just one of the highlights of Ayr Racecourse’s Family Day last Sunday.
Adults and children looked on as the giant chopper hovered just yards from the main stands to perform the daring ‘rescue’ which underlined the importance of the Mountain Rescue Team from RAF Leuchars and the role Sea Kings based at Gannet play in this joint forced operation.
The RAF organised a number of displays including an Air Traffic Control Operation tent, a Field Hospital, deployed living accommodation with samples of the rations military personnel live on in the field and there was a Squirrel helicopter and an armoured vehicle on show.
Children’s entertainer Magic Malky performed his Magic Show and also hosed a Talent Show in the Ayrshire Suite and a Children Marquee housed a variety of attractions including a bucking bronco, inflatable sumo wrestling and beat the goalie.
There was also fun fair attractions, pony rides and a bouncy castle as well as a visit from Ayrshire’s biggest limo – the Mega Limo.
The official attendance was 4,245 - a near 10% increase on last year’s total and Ayr Racecourse marketing manager Lindsey Smith commented: “It was a really successful day and the weather held out apart from one shower later in the afternoon.
“I’d like to thank the RAF for their contribution and the dramatic rescue was a real show stopper.”
Ayr next race meeting is the Renault Vans Raceday on Monday 14 July with the first race at 2.10pm. To book advance tickets go online at www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk or call 0870-8505666.
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