The Museum’s Family Day was a huge success with nearly 1,300 visitors in total passing through our entrance gate.
In addition to the Museum’s established exhibits, special attractions included a Battle of Britain plotting table re-enactment, open cockpits, a West Sussex fire engine for children to clamber over and a demonstration of radio-controlled model tanks which members of the public were invited to try out.
A radio-controlled model Lancaster bombing competition was managed superbly by members of No 461 (Chichester) Squadron Air Training Corps who also helped to run our small simulators. Talks on Tangmere’s women secret agents were given periodically in the Museum cinema.
A range of indoor activities specifically for young children included designing and colouring squadron badges, making paper aeroplanes, learning and using the Morse code and phonetic alphabet and dressing up as a pilot for photographs.
A variety of stalls encompassed flower-arranging, children’s tombola, aviation books, clocks and pictures with refreshments provided by a burger/hot dog bar in addition to our NAAFI Tea Room, and for the thirsty, a beer tent from supplied by Hammerpot Brewery. Music was provided throughout the proceedings by Angel Radio’s Pete Cross and a skiffle group from the Bognor Regis Branch of the RAF Association – real ‘oldie’ music!
To cap the day, during an afternoon of glorious sunshine, visitors were treated to a magnificent Spitfire ‘flyby’ by John Dodd of the Boultbee Flight Academy based at nearby Goodwood airfield.
Family Day proved a most enjoyable occasion for both young and old.