Havering Mind’s Wings and Wheels show soon to take flight

PUBLISHED: 14:31 08 July 2016 | UPDATED: 14:43 08 July 2016

Getting ready for the Wings and Wheels Airshow at Damyns Hall Aerodrome

Getting ready for the Wings and Wheels Airshow at Damyns Hall Aerodrome


Whether you have a fascination with watching aircraft speed through the skies, or a love of vintage vehicles, there will be something for everyone at the Wings and Wheels event next weekend.

Wings and Wheels Classic Car & Bike Show & Light Aircraft Fly In, 17 July 2016Wings and Wheels Classic Car & Bike Show & Light Aircraft Fly In, 17 July 2016

The annual family show, held in aid of Havering Mind, attracted thousands of visitors last year and is expected to bring in the crowds once again.

Damyns Hall Aerodrome, Aveley Road, Upminster, will be the backdrop to hundreds of vehicles, from the classic Routemaster bus to replicas of Formula One racing cars, brought in by the Essex Kitcar Club, Halstead.

Bob Antell, Havering Mind’s chairman, said he is looking forward to a “fantastic” day.

“There will be plenty to do throughout the day for everyone, so as long as the weather stays nice for us, it is going to be a great event.”

Families will be able to enjoy activities including a children’s fun fair, live music and entertainment and visits to different stalls, all while taking a look at the various planes and cars on display.

It will be business as usual for the aerodrome, so planes will continue to fly from the site, and visitors may be able to spot people taking on the wing walk.

One person you might see taking off is Havering Mind’s chief executive Vanessa Bennett, who has pledged to complete a wing walk on the day to raise money for the charity. If you’re lucky, you may also have the opportunity to get into a plane yourself for a trial flight.

“When you come to the Wings and Wheels day, you could have a chance of flying high above the borough for about 15 minutes if you wish, which would be a great experience for those who haven’t done it before,” said Bob.

Sponsors for the event are solicitors Kingston Smith, Romford, KB Technology, CBHC accountants, Chelmsford, the Royal Air Force Air Cadets, the Lottie and Ollie nursery, Upminster, Ref Right and Time 107.5.

Bob said: “Although events like Wings and Wheels are held to raise money for Havering Mind, which is very important, we hold them to also raise awareness.

“About 40 or 50 years ago, people referred to cancer as the big C-word, like there was only one type of cancer, but now we know there are lots of variations and treatment for them as well. Mental health issues are similar, because there are different kinds and we want to make people aware.

“I’m looking forward to waking up and hopefully seeing blue skies but I can’t deny that I’m looking forward to Vanessa doing the wing walk!”

The Wings and Wheels event will take place from 10am-5pm on July 17.

Tickets cost £5 for adults and children under 12 go free.

For more information on the day, email events co-ordinator Ciaran White through

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