HUNDREDS of Helensburgh residents joined local military and civilian personnel from HM Naval Base Clyde on Saturday for the HMS Neptune Families Day.

The event, held at Helensburgh Rugby Club’s Ardencaple grounds, featured a host of entertainment with Europe’s leading BMX stunt display team, a climbing wall, birds of prey show, a petting zoo, including snakes and tarantulas, circus acts and show, tombola stands, face-painting and many more attractions.

The crowd were also entertained with performances from Her Majesty’s Royal Marine Band Scotland.

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Those attending the event were asked to bring along a donation for the Helensburgh and Lomond Foodbank or to pay a £1 donation. All money raised will be given to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines’ Charity.

For many of the base personnel, Saturday’s event was a chance to let their hair down a little bit following the formality and ceremony of the previous day when Faslane hosted HRH the Princess Royal at an event marking the 50th anniversary of the Royal Navy’s longest mission, the Continuous At-Sea Deterrent.

The formal Faslane event was attended by veteran and serving submariners, civilian workers and their families, with the event on Saturday giving families and locals a further opportunity to come together to mark the occasion.

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