We have displayed at Elvington for a few years now and this year the display area had been moved from our usual spot, to the patch just in front of the control tower. We weren’t sure about this spot at first, as we were more exposed to the weather but we were also more exposed to the visitors, which was welcome.
Our display was the well tried and tested dining shelter based - troops in holding camp on the eve of D' Day and our small display of arms and equipment of the infantry soldier went down well, not least the 3 inch Mortar brought along by Gary. We had a play with it Saturday evening which brought quite a bit of attention from other groups.
The C47 is now open to visitors and the experience is quite impressive with the sound and vibration to simulate a flight through enemy flack and jump. The stalls, which were surprisingly, good tempted many of the group to purchase even more kit!
Cake and flapjack was provided by Mike and the Sarge and very kindly the Garrison fed us with their surplus fry up and sandwiches which were eagerly consumed.
By Saturday evening the weather had taken a turn for the worse and it was quite cold sitting under the dining shelter so after dinner we took shelter in the NAFFI for the rest of the evening. Sunday morning arrived with more of the unsettled weather. We were subjected to one of the heaviest showers and were went to the rescue of a German group who's display was on the point of taking flight on the strong gusts of wind.
Also, Sarge was pleased to announce that Private Heaton Jnr is promoted to Lance Corporal - well done Adam!!
Overall, a nice start to the season for the East Yorks.