Family Day

Base puts on a show for local residents

HUNDREDS of local residents headed to Helensburgh Rugby Club on Saturday to join military and civilian personnel from the nearby Naval Base for the HM Naval Base Clyde Families Day.

The event, which was linked to the Base’s 50th anniversary celebrations, featured a host of entertainment with the Royal Marine Display Team, Europe’s leading BMX stunt display team, a climbing wall, pony rides, performances from the West of Scotland Military Wives Choir, and HMS Neptune Volunteer Band among those featuring.

There was also a special anniversary cake-cutting at the event, with Base Executive Officer Commander John Livesey assisted by event organisers from the Physical Training Department and family members.

On May 10 the Naval Base marked the 50th anniversary of HMS Neptune with ceremonial divisions with First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones the guest of honour.  The event was restricted to military and civilian workers at the Base, but the June 9 event in Helensburgh gave their families and locals the opportunity to also mark the occasion.

Photo captions:  Organisers of the event and family members cut the anniversary cake at the HMNB Clyde Families Day.  A young visitor takes part in the Royal Marine’s fitness challenge during the event.  There was plenty to see and do at the HMNB Clyde Families Day. One of the thrilling BMX displays at the event. The West of Scotland Military Wives Choir performing at the event.  It was the perfect day for a dip. Some of the entertainment on the day.  Pictures by the Royal Navy

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