The annual event raised a whopping £1,700 for the RNLI and Help for Heroes by a £1 donation from each car parked, plus the RNLI raised an additional £1,720 from its own fundraising stalls.
The Royal Navy from RNAS Culdrose showed off an amazing array of equipment and displays.
One of the highlights of the day was the Sea King helicopter landing, which delighted the crowds when they could go on board and meet the crew.
An exciting rescue demonstration then took place at sea, with crews from the Sennen Cove RNLI and Land’s End Coastguard. Visitors were able to watch from a close vantage point as two members of the coastguard team were winched up into the helicopter from the rocks below.
In the afternoon there was the spectacle of the Wingwalkers Aerobatic Display Team, which took to the skies over the famous landmark.
Keith Barnes, Attractions and Events Manager at Land’s End, said: “We are fortunate to have a very good relationship with the Royal Navy at RNAS Culdrose as they are able to use our site for training flights, landings and cliff winching exercises throughout the year.
“In return they provide us with a lot of equipment and displays on Air Sea Rescue Day. We have donated £1 from every car parked to two charities – the RNLI and Help for Heroes.
“This was our sixth Air Sea Rescue Day and it is going from strength to strength each year. Next year we hope to have a few more surprises up our sleeve!”
David Bryans, Land’s End’s General Manager, said: “Air Sea Rescue Day has become a firm favourite among our visitors, and we are thrilled to be able to do our bit for such amazing charities.
“We hope as many people as possible will join us for our next two charity events in August – in aid of St Julia’s Hospice and Cornwall Air Ambulance. They are both important charities close to our hearts here at Land’s End and we are delighted to be giving something back to the local community.
“It’s a fantastic way to help raise money for an incredibly worthwhile cause, while enjoying a fun-packed, great-value day out at the same time!”
Pirate Day is on Tuesday, August 17 and includes lots of themed children’s activities and competitions, a chance to meet and greet Jack Sparrow and Elizabeth Swan lookalikes from Pirates of the Caribbean, Swamp Circus and evening entertainment from 7pm. There will also be a fantastic display by the Breitling Wingwalkers. It is raising money for St Julia’s Hospice in Hayle.
Air Ambulance Day is on Thursday, August 26, when there will be fundraising stalls, competitions, a chance to meet the Air Ambulance crew, live music from the Cornish Wurzles and fireworks at dusk.
For more information on Land’s End visit www.landsend-landmark.co.uk
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