An Oxfordshire town is set to be the site of a RAF themed play area thanks to investment from the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The government organisation has pledged £130,000 to build the children's activity centre in Carterton which will aim to bring together military and civilian communities from around the area.

Airplay park at Faulder Avenue is being built in order for families living near the RAF Brize Norton airfield to interact.

It will cost £330,000 upon completion and will contain a climbing frame shaped like a Hercules transporter plane. The grant given by the MoD is being matched by Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund (RAFBF).

Paul Hughesdon, director of welfare and policy for the RAFBF, said: "This playground will make a very positive impact on the lives of families based at RAF Brize Norton. Providing children in Air Force families with state-of-the-art play facilities like this helps relieve the strain on hard-pressed RAF parents."

RAF Brize Norton is the UK's biggest military airbase employing 3,900 service personnel and 600 civilians.

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