Pictures include: Her Majesty’s Royal Marine Band Scotland entertain the crowds at the HMS Neptune Families Day;  It’s time to cool down with a dip;  Look at us in a bubble; Fasten your seat belts;  One of the thrilling BMX displays at the event; Locals are introduced to one of the birds of prey, and Kids enjoy figuring out a puzzle. Pictures by the Royal Navy

By Kim Hardie

Hundreds of local residents headed to Helensburgh Rugby Club on Saturday to join military and civilian personnel from Faslane Naval Base for the HMS Neptune Families Day.

The event featured a host of entertainment with Europe’s leading BMX stunt display team, a climbing wall, birds of prey show, a petting zoo, including snakes and tarantulas, circus acts and show, tombola stands, face-painting and many more attractions. The crowd were also entertained with performances from Her Majesty’s Royal Marine Band Scotland.

Those attending the event were asked to bring along a donation for the local food bank or pay a £1 donation. All money raised will be given to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines’ Charity.

On Friday, July 5, the Naval Base formally recognised the 50th anniversary of the Continuous At Sea Deterrent and invited HRH The Princess Royal to attend ceremonial divisions as the guest of honour.

The formal Faslane event was attended by veteran and serving submariners, civilian workers and their families, with the event on Saturday giving families and locals a further opportunity to come together to mark the occasion.


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