Wings Over Carew takes to the skies this weekend

FLYING HIGH: Spitfire Spares.com at last year's event. PICTURE: Martin Cavaney

FLYING HIGH: Spitfire Spares.com at last year's event. PICTURE: Martin Cavaney

First published in County News

A team of parachute aces will be dropping into Pembrokeshire tomorrow (Saturday) as part of the popular Wings Over Carew event.

The RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team will take to the skies above CAREW Control Tower at 11am, one of the key attractions in the weekend long event.

Building on the success of last year, Wings Over Carew promises a packed programme, in what promises to be an even bigger and better event.

The crowd can also look forward to being wowed by a Dakota flypast on both days. Other attractions include the Welsh Army Reserves Transport Regiment, the RAF ATC band and drill team, Dyfed and Glamorgan Corps of Drums, Swansea pipe band, a static Spitfire display, vintage military vehicles and the Carew Cheriton Control Tower, which will open its doors to the public from 10am to 4pm.

There will be a dedication service again this year but this time on both days, plus military bands and children’s activities.

Volunteer Keith Hamer said: “Last year it was just beautiful and it’s going to be a great day again this year. We just want people to come and enjoy, and experience, a bit of wartime history.”

And there are big plans for the future, with volunteers considering a possible move to establish the tower as a military museum for Wales.

“We beg, borrow and steal,” said Keith. “We’ve worked very hard to get the Control Tower looking like it does.

“It was a cow shed after the war and it took three years just to get the white wash off the building, now it’s back to its original state – inside and out.

“The tower is something unique to Pembrokeshire. At the end of the day it’s for Pembrokeshire.

“Because of the Military interest here it could possibly become a Military Museum of Wales. We haven’t got one and why shouldn’t we have one?”

More than 2,000 people attended last year’s event, which saw the unveiling of a memorial dedicated to air personnel who lost their lives locally while serving in both World Wars.

Entry is £3 for adults and £1 for under 14s £1, with under fives going free.

For more information visit www.carewcheritoncontroltower.co.uk and www.facebook.com/CarewCheritonControlTower.

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