Monday, 26 August 2019

Bruntingthorpe Cold War Jets open day

Good day out although the heat was unbearably hot. Took a back seat and let the younger team members have a go at Starter crew, so spent the day meeting old buddies. For a couple of years I have been trying to meet Michelle Middleton at Brunters, with the promise of a famous biscuit, but for some unknown reason we have never managed to meet up. This time she tracked me down and of course managed to get a biscuit or two, so mission accomplished.

Starter crew for this event

Friday, 9 August 2019

Amy Wadge

After watching series two of " Keeping Faith" I was taken by the vocals of Amy Wadge, unique and what a talent, just had to google her details and listen to some of her many songs.

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Louth Navigation Trust

Years ago I volunteered to re-write the Louth Navigation Trust website, it took a lot of hard work to revamp what had become a very outdated site. My briefing was that all the history pages should remain, but other than that basically a free license. I am still the webmaster.

2014 one of the Trust members decided to set up a Facebook page to keep up with the modern social media trend. The original FB page owner then left the page to a pal of mine who did a great job up until the end of 2018 when he fell seriously ill and with memory issues, has forgotten the page log on details. So my hopes of sorting out the page came to nothing.

I was asked by the LNT secretary if I could do anything to update matters, but alas I could not. Last week I decided to set up a brand new FB Group  where interested parties could post pictures and update current canal affairs. I am still waiting for a volunteer to take on an Admin role for the Group, as I have enough to do without taking on new tasks.

The hard work of setting up the Group has been done, just waiting on someone to take on the Admin role.

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Red Arrows

Yesterday I was lucky to have been invited to attend the Red Arrows Association annual meeting at RAF Scampton by a member Bryan Nimmo and an ex Red technician Ray Kennedy.

Absolutely brilliant day out, met the pilots, got our photos taken with them, watched a spectacular display and then had a barbecue lunch paid for by my host Bryan.Managed to get quite a few pics whilst there and met quite a few people too. Met up with Stu Collinson and ex red techie, and a 5 squadron lightning leckie.

RAF Scampton 21/6/19 -- Red Arrows 2019 Team
left to right
Red 11 Andrew Keith - 10 Adam Collins - 4 Gregor Ogston - 2 Damo Green - 1 Martin Pert - 8 Chris Lyndon-Smith - 9 Dan Lowes - 3 Mike Bowden - 6 Toby Keeley - 5 Steve Morris - 7 Jon Bond

Monday, 27 May 2019

CWJ open day at Bruntingthorpe

After a pretty miserable showery day the weather cleared up and made it easier for ground crew at the CWJ Open day at Bruntingthorpe. A year has passed since last I made it down there and had not thought that I would have much involvement with the Lightnings. Was surprised to be asked if I wanted to be one of the starter crew for XS904 along with two of my 5 squadron pals from Binbrook days, just like the old days. Although the legs not so good these days, but managed to do what was required.

A normal start is easy, but with the added walk down the runway to chock the aircraft for static reheat tests was the test for tired legs. The Jet performed immaculately and as always the show stopper. Have not seen many photos of the event so far and have just one of us doing our thing (copyright of Shaun Westell) Steve LeCount on the left and myself removing a chock. Pilot for the day was John Ward.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Cold War Jets Open day

Off to the Cold war Jets Open day and Bruntingthorpe Airfield on Sunday 26th May. It has been a year since I was last down at the Lightning Appreciation Group to see the lads. Am going down with two ex Lightning pals.

Time Capsule

Created a time capsule of where I lived 143 Lochee Road, Dundee till 1953, very old tenement building on the right with outside toilet share...