Thousands of people attended the Defence Animal Centre’s (DAC) open day on Saturday, relishing the opportunity to see what goes on ‘behind the wire’.
Activities began in spectacular style in the morning - with a parachute display by The Tigers Free Fall Team - and continued throughout the day in the main arena.
The military working dogs showcased their capabilities, demonstrating their obedience, search and agility, and they were followed into the arena by a parade of horses.
Away from the arena visitors were able to learn about the work of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps (RAVC) with a guided tour of the extensive veterinary facility that allows the team of vets and support staff to keep all of the DAC’s animals in the best of health.
Ceremonial and pack transport equipment worn and carried by the horses was also on display and people saw the horses in their stables and the farriers at work.
Entertainment included a children’s play area with bouncy castle, paintball and face painting. There was also a petting farm where people met a variety of animals from llamas to meerkats.
DAC Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Mark Morrison said: “On behalf of a very proud DAC may I extend our gratitude to everyone who made the open day such a huge success. It was certainly an example of what can be achieved when the Army works closely with the community in which it lives.
“It was our pleasure to meet and host the visitors and we hope they will join us around the same time next year.”
Staff and cadets from 1279 (Melton Mowbray) Squadron, South and East Midlands Wing, were also out in force to support the day, help out on a variety of stands, raise awareness on offer within the Air Cadet Organisation and assisting on the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) stand which was fundraising for the Wings Appeal.