An activity-packed open day being held at Melton’s Defence Animal Centre next Saturday (June 6) is set to get off to a flying start courtesy of a parachute freefall display.
This will be the fourth year in succession the centre will be throwing open its gates to give the local community the chance to see what goes on ‘behind the wire’.
The display by The Tigers Free Fall Team, of The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, will take place at 10.30am.
Activities throughout the day - for visitors of all ages - will include military working dog training demonstrations and horses on parade in the main arena and a guided tour of the centre’s extensive veterinary facility.
Visitors will be able to visit the canine treatment room where they will be able to see a range of veterinary equipment including an endoscope - a camera used for looking inside body cavities. They will be able to use the scope on hollowed out vegetables and the equine operating theatre will also be open for viewing.
Dog lovers will be able to watch the Canine Training Squadron showcase the capabilities of their military working dogs with demonstrations of obedience, search and agility at 11.20am and throughout the day.
Horses will parade in the arena at 12.10pm. Ceremonial and pack transport equipment worn and carried by the horses will be on display and people will be able to see the horses in their stables and the farriers at work.
As well as regular demonstrations in the main arena throughout the day other entertainment will include a children’s play area with bouncy castle, paintball and face painting. There will also be a petting farm where visitors will be able to meet a variety of animals from llamas to meerkats.
There will also be selection of food and market stalls and, while food and drink will be available to buy, visitors are also invited to bring along their own picnics to enjoy a full day. There will also be a collection for a designated charity on the day.
Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Mark Morrison said: “All are welcome to join us for what is a relaxed, entertaining day for all the family. It’s always a pleasure to welcome people to the centre to find out a little bit more about the work of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps and we look forward to seeing everyone on the day.”
Gates will open to visitors at 10am and close at 4pm. Parking and entrance to the open day are free.
Car parks will be signposted and located on Welby Lane - next to the Canine Training Squadron and just off Asfordby Road by the entrance to the Defence Animal Centre. The post code for a Sat Nav is LE13 0HX.
Due to the nature of the work carried out at the centre no private dogs are allowed on site (assistance dogs excepted).