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September 18, 2005
Hovercraft crew perform demonstration at town's VE/VJ event

The Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft and a smaller, second trial craft took part in the group's first ever grass demonstration during a special event marking the 60th anniversaries of VE/VJ-Day and the 65th anniversary of the Battle Of Britain.

The two craft performed search and rescue exercises in front of large crowds at Burnham's BASC Ground on Sunday September 18th.

The crew onboard the smaller craft showed how accurate the vehicle is by wending their way around obstacles on the pitch.

An orange flare was then released by pilot Simon Triggol onboard to herald the start of the second part of the demonstration, where the Spirit Of Lelaina came to their 'rescue'.

A spokesman for BARB, the group that runs the hovercraft, said the event had been a "great success", adding that "There was lots of interest in our display, with many onlookers wanting a close-up look at the two hovercrafts after the event itself. This further helped to further publicise the vital rescue work that goes along our coastline."

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