25,000 visitors have a monster time at HMS Sultan Show

IMPRESSIVE Monster truck Grim Reaper in action at the HMS Sultan Show in Gosport.  Picture: Steve Reid (122054-266)
IMPRESSIVE Monster truck Grim Reaper in action at the HMS Sultan Show in Gosport. Picture: Steve Reid (122054-266)

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FROM monster trucks and military helicopters to funfair rides and food stalls, there was something for everyone at the HMS Sultan Summer Show.

This year’s event looked under threat last month when the wet weather led to the cancellation of the annual show at HMS Collingwood in Fareham over car parking concerns.

But on Saturday and Sunday the rain stayed away and organisers estimated an incredible 25,000 people turned up.

Visitors got to enjoy performances by motorbike and mountain bike display teams, as well as fairground attractions.

There was also a village fete area offering traditional games.

But as usual the stars of the show were the two monster trucks – Big Pete and the Grim Reaper – which laid waste to battered old cars and caravans alike.

Liz and Nigel Pritchard, of Red House Park Gardens, in Gosport, brought their 10-year-old son Alex to the show for the ninth time.

‘He enjoys it every year,’ said Liz.

‘There is so much to do, we can just wander around from one thing to the next.

‘The mountain bike display team were especially good.’

The show was raising money for local charities and organisers believe that more than £100,000 has been donated from the last two shows.

Taking over as director of the Sultan Summer Show for the first time, Lieutenant Commander Dave Orton said he was delighted by how the weekend had gone.

‘It has been really wonderful just seeing the smiles on everybody’s faces,’ he said.

‘Just walking around and talking to guests and stall holders has been brilliant because they all had such a good time.

‘We wanted it to have a real community feel.’