20 April 2017Taunton Preparatory School

Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team to drop onto Taunton School Cricket Pitch

The awesome display, due to take place at the beginning of May, has been organised by Taunton School in partnership with Armed Forces Charity, SSAFA, to raise awareness of the support available to service men and women, veterans and their families.

The experienced parachutists from The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment's Parachute display team, known as ‘The Tigers’, will be dropping onto the cricket pitch at the front of Taunton School, in Staplegrove Road, on Friday 5th May.

It is the first time that The Tigers have landed on a school cricket pitch and they will jump from between 1,500 – 6,000ft, depending on the weather. Students and staff, alongside members of SSAFA and invited guests, will have the chance to enjoy the captivating routine including smoke trails, flags flying, amazing formations both in the air and under the parachute. Between 4-6 members of The Tigers team will jump, performing both freefall and a Tri Bi side canopy formation. Commentary will be provided on the ground by one of the team. The freefall display is planned for 3.15pm.

Special guests include Rear Admiral Andrew Gough, who is chairman of SSAFA Somerset who saw extensive operational service in Northern Ireland, the Gulf, the Falklands War, the Former Yugoslavia and the Caribbean. He was appointed a Knight of the Order by HM The Queen in 2004.

Taunton School has strong links to the services community, has a long-running CCF section and a new Royal Marines Band section due to be launched soon.

SSAFA is the oldest national tri-service military charity and have been in existence since 1885, providing lifelong support to those who are serving or have ever served in the Armed Forces.

Stephen Pugh, Officer Commanding CCF, said: “There is quite a buzz around school about this event and we are extremely excited and fortunate to have this opportunity. It certainly is going to be an awe inspiring day for our students and school community.”

SSAFA said: “The opportunity for us to see The Tigers performing their fantastic display above the grounds of Taunton School will be a real treat for SSAFA guests and volunteers and the whole SSAFA Somerset Branch is looking forward to the day!”

The School caters for both day and boarding pupils from a wide catchment area. Although there is an entrance assessment, there is a wide ability range. We pride ourselves on an extensive range of activities outside the classroom which clearly give the ethos of a thriving boarding environment. There are currently 55 teaching staff attached to the School, where class sizes are kept to a maximum of 19.

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