It's a rare privilege to carry out community-related tasks - especially on such an iconic site that has such meaning to many in Somerset, especially those who work and fly out of Yeovilton

Lieutenant Commander Tom Cackett, 846 NAS executive officer

The Merlin lifted nearly 40 tonnes of stone and deposited them on the Tor - members of the Mobile Air Operations Team were at the top of the hill to guide the aircraft safely in, not least because its powerful downdraft is equivalent to winds of over 70mph.

Once the stone had been deposited on the Tor and the Merlin withdrew National Trust ranger Rebekah West and a team of volunteers were on hand to un-bag and to begin to spread the stone.

Due to the proximity of onlookers and nearby dwellings and buildings, 846 NAS executive officer Lieutenant Commander Tom Cackett was present throughout, ensuring the safety aspects of the flying.

"It's a rare privilege to carry out community-related tasks - especially on such an iconic site that has such meaning to many in Somerset, especially those who work and fly out of Yeovilton," he said.

"The Commando Helicopter Force has always had a special place for Glastonbury and its Tor. Whenever there is an event to celebrate, the Tor is the main landmark on the flypast route and we always dip a wing in salute.

"To work on a project with Rebekah and the national institution that is the National Trust has been a real pleasure."

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