A PILOT landed a helicopter at his son’s sports day, writes Rachel Young.
Jon Woodbridge flew the blue Robinson R44 over Kingfisher Kindergarten at Dunsden Green before landing it to the acclaim of parents and children, including four-year-old Ben.
Children sat on their parents’ shoulders and cheered as the helicopter came into view and they waved as it circled the field before landing safely.
Mr Woodbridge, 42, a helicopter engineer and private pilot from Playhatch, was accompanied on the flight by his other son Jack, seven, whom he surprised in the same way three years ago.
He said: “I did it for Jack when he left here and I am doing the same for Ben. It was really a bit of fun and I also offer the teachers a ride in the helicopter.”
Jack is now a pupil at St Mary’s School in Henley, where Ben will be joining him from September.
It was a fitting finale to the kindergarten’s sports day, where all 56 children took part in activities including an obstacle course, bat and ball games and a wheelbarrow race.
The children each received a “gold” medal and the staff were given a round of applause by parents.
Anita Pearce, who owns the kindergarten, said it was a fantastic day and was thoroughly enjoyed by the children.