An honour to visit

Mayor of Northam Barry Mason tries out the Sea King for size at RMB Chivenor.

Mayor of Northam Barry Mason tries out the Sea King for size at RMB Chivenor. - Credit: Archant

On Thursday, June 27, myself, Mayor of Northam, and county councillor Andrew Eastman, were invited to an evening at RNB Chivenor as a guest of Major Moy.

There were many dignitaries present for the evening, which was held to promote the new memorial gardens being built at the base. Further funds are being raised to add to the £100,000 already collected towards the target of £150,000.

We were treated to a wonderful display of their equipment, such as armoured vehicles used in Afghanistan and other similar areas.

I was able to meet many of the personnel who serve our country, protecting us from those who would want to harm us, and destroy our independence.

There were various displays of hardware, armoured vehicles etc. But my eye was immediately drawn to the Westland helicopter – that yellow bird we see so often around our coastal area.

So many lives have been saved by these crews, and it was a complete honour for me to have things explained by one of the winchmen.

He even allowed me to try out the pilot’s seat, and believe me, it was a struggle to actually get in the seat.

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It is a real shame that this facility is being moved elsewhere.

If you wish to donate to the Memorial Garden Fund then I am sure Major Moy would be happy to receive your donation.

Barry Mason

Mayor of Northam

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