Thousands enjoy the Sultan Show

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THOUSANDS of people packed out HMS Sultan on the first day of its annual open weekend.

The high winds did not deter the crowds who came to see the best the Royal Navy has to offer and some impressive motocross stunts.

The Sultan Show

The Sultan Show

The highlight of the first day was when the Gosport Tigers Motorcycle Display Team jumped the base’s top brass Captain Trevor Gulley.

The annual event raises money for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

Captain Gulley said: ‘Over the weekend we have about 15,000 people come to the base. Over the last four years we have raised around £100,000 for charity.’

There were a range of activities including a penalty shoot-out, a giant game of Operation, and many more.

CPO Liberty Tichafa, based at HMS Sultan, was dressed as a doctor and manning the Operation game.

He said: ‘It’s absolutely lovely, it’s just the weather which has not been too kind to us, but all of us are here and we are happy to be raising money for our charities.’

A funfair kept the teenagers happy, and there was a bouncy castle, face painting and balloons for the younger children.

Simon Hunter, from Alverstoke, was visiting the show with his daughters Olivia, 4, and Ellie, 6.

Simon said: ‘There’s a lot to do for all the family. It’s great.’

Olivia said: ‘I got my face painted like a bear to scare my mummy.’

Ellie said: ‘I liked going on the big slide, it was scary but fun. And I liked the motorcycles.’

The event is set to continue tomorrow, from 11am until 6pm, so there’s still time to treat dad for father’s day.

Tickets are available on the door and cost for a family (2 adults 2 children) £20, adult £7.50, concessions (over 65’s) and children (5-14 years) £4. Under 5s go free.