ORGANISERS of this year’s Sultan Summer Show promise it’s going to be bigger and better than ever.
The annual two-day event at HMS Sultan in Gosport attracted 25,000 visitors last year, raising £47,000 for local charities.
This year the target is to get 30,000 people through the doors.
A fun fair, two monster trucks, helicopters and many more stalls and attractions await visitors at the community event on June 18 and 19.
Lieutenant Amanda Heal, who is helping to pull the weekend together, said: ‘This year, the show is immense. It’s going to be on a whole different level. We want it to be bigger than ever.’
Among the highlights will be two huge monster trucks crushing 20 cars at the naval base and helicopter rides.
The ever-popular Imps motorcycle display team will also be wowing the crowds with their wild stunts.
And, as always, there will be lots of fun to be had on the fairground rides.
Yesterday, hundreds of school pupils, sailors and staff from Network Rail assembled on the playing fields for an aerial photo-shoot to kick off the build up to the big weekend.
Leah Robinson, 10, who attends Elson Junior School, said: ‘I’m really looking forward to the Sultan Show. I go there with all my family every year. I like the fun fair the best.’
The community event raises money for good causes in Gosport and for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.
Sultan’s commanding officer, Commodore Mark Slawson, said: ‘Last year, £47,000 was raised for charity and distributed out across Gosport. This year, watch this space.
‘I think we have reached a point, where thanks to our great sponsors, the first person we welcome in to the gate we will be in profit.
‘We’re hoping to get more people and more funding to be able to give more to the local community.’
Advance tickets for the show cost £5 for adults, £3 for over 65s or children aged five to 14 years old. A family ticket for two adults and two children costs £12 in advance.
Ticket information can be found at sultan.org.uk.