Families flock to Sultan Show

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MONSTER trucks were a highlight of a summer show at HMS Sultan.

The high-powered beasts of the streets undertook a precision-driving demonstration in a central arena, delighting the show’s 25,000 guests.

The weekend event in Gosport also featured the Chariots of Fire horse display team, wildlife displays, military vehicles and a village fete.

There were carnival rides, a petting zoo and helicopters which visitors could climb aboard and inspect.

Another welcome addition was the Festival Circus, which has been absent from the show since 2008.

Tracey Dixon, of Gosport, was there with her son Kyle, 10.

She said: ‘The shows are very good this year, and so were the gun crew.’

Kyle said he was impressed with a display by armed forces cadets.

He said: ‘The young ones are very good. And I like the animals, and the monster trucks are awesome.’

Another visitor, Luke Eastmon, of Gosport, said he was back for the second year in a row.

He said: ‘It seems there’s more on this year. The monster trucks are great.’

HMS Sultan commanding officer Captain Trevor Gulley said he was delighted with this year’s show.

Cpt Gulley said: ‘I am proud to say that all the personnel serving here today have gladly given up their time in order to help and achieve this and we are so pleased to see so many people who have come along throughout the weekend to support us.’

Cpt Gulley said the event started more than 30 years ago as a barbecue for service personnel and their families.

He said: ‘What’s particularly impressive about the summer show as a whole is that while the attractions have changed and grown over the years, the focus and enthusiasm remains the same and we hope that everyone who has attended the event leaves feeling both entertained and welcomed.’

Profits from the show will go to community projects and service charities.




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