Youngsters at RAF Marham’s Rainbow Centre are spoiled for choice when it come to playtime fun and games.

The centre, which caters for children up to the age of 12, has a new sunken sandpit, water features and outdoor play kitchens thanks to a real community effort.

Squadron Leader Dave Smith and his deputy Flight Lieutenant Jim Furness were determined to save the centre some money, researching and designing the new equipment before building it themselves.

Naomi Swabey, from the base’s Accounts Flight, secured a £1,000 grant from Norfolk County Council and Flt Lt Furness soon got to work on plans for the sandpit.

When the time came to install the new play areas, Sqn Ldr Sarah Richardson rallied some support from Major Pete Rushworth and his team Warrant Officer 2 Kev McLeman, Lance Corporals Phil Todd and Grant Marshall, Corporal Nathan Tiley and Senior Aircraftman Jack Baker-Jones.

The new equipment is proving popular with children at the centre, which offers a nursery, pre-school and out-of-school clubs for older children.

There were cheers when the new play areas were opened by RAF Marham’s Station Commander, Group Captain David Cooper.