Seaton Air Ambulance Week a soaraway success

PUBLISHED: 14:59 14 August 2015

Sue Pavey on her 1972 Leyland 154 tractor with husband Tony and granddaughter Leah. Picture CHRIS CARSON

Sue Pavey on her 1972 Leyland 154 tractor with husband Tony and granddaughter Leah. Picture CHRIS CARSON

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Organisers hope to have raised thousands for the flying medics

The Red Sparrows in action on the seafrontThe Red Sparrows in action on the seafront

Hundreds packed Seaton to make Devon Air Ambulance Week another soaraway success.

Organisers were delighted with the turnout and hope to have raised several thousand pounds for the flying medics.

Kim Buckley, who headed the organising team alongside Paul Parkes, Kathy Stevens and Jackie East, said they wanted to thank everyone for their generous support – in whatever form it came. She said they were especially grateful to the Jurassic Coast Bikers for going along.

Money raised will help towards the night flying campaign extending the helicopter’s operational hours, which will require additional pilots, paramedics, training and equipment. It is hoped to introduce 24-hour flying from October next year. Weekend events on the seafront featured a very successful dog show and a wide range of musical entertainment from a host of performers including Seaton Brownies.

On Sunday, there was a classic and vintage car show and demonstrations by Seaton Majorettes, local firefighters and the ‘death-defying’ Red Sparrows precision bike riding display team.

Amongst the ranks of gleaming classic and vintage vehicles on the seafront was Seaton woman Sue Pavey’s 1972 Leyland 154 tractor.

She is a champion of the ‘if you can’t beat ’em join ’em’ brigade.

Sue explained: “Lots of my family members – husband Tony, two nephews and my brother-in-law – are tractor enthusiasts and I got fed up helping everyone with theirs so I thought I would buy my own!”

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