Pupils receive flying visit
A high-speed helicopter landed in the grounds of a primary school to give pupils the chance to see how it worked.
All 98 pupils at Winthorpe Primary School stood in the school playground as the Royal Navy Lynx Helicopter Mark 3 landed on the school playing fields.
Before the helicopter landed it did an acrobatic display, which included hanging in the air vertically and dipping towards the ground.
The school’s head, Mr Jamie Macintyre, said: “The children were thrilled to see the helicopter arrive.”
The helicopter was piloted by Lieutenant Paul Ellerton of The Spinney, Winthorpe.
It is normally used as an ice patrol helicopter for the Navy, but for the next eight months it will be used to help with the filming of a new BBC documentary about the Antarctic, called Frozen Planet.
Also in the helicopter were navigator Lieutenant Jayne Green, and Air Engineering Technician Lenny Lenthall.
Lieutenant Ellerton, who has been in the Royal Navy for 18 years and flying Lynx helicopters for ten, said: “The visit is about giving the children the chance to see inside the aircraft and sit in the driving seat. And they seem to love it.
“We are always looking to promote the Navy and get children interested.”
Lieutenant Ellerton’s daughter, Emily (9) is a pupil at the school.
It is the second time he has landed a helicopter at the school.
Three years ago he took a Lynx Maritime Attack helicopter to show the children.
Emily said: “It’s fun having my dad visit the school in a helicopter. My friends get very excited about it.”
Lieutenant Ellerton, who is with the 815 Squadron based in Yeovilton, Somerset, said he was excited about the new assignment for the BBC.
“It should be really interesting. We have got a special wiring system in the back to accommodate the cameras,” he said.
Lieutenant Ellerton leaves for the Antarctic to begin filming on Friday.
Frozen Planet is due to be screened in the autumn of next year.