Sunday, 24 November 2019

Winter prep

Looking at the weather forecast for the next week or so, it is going to get quite cold, perhaps the start of winter. While the weather is still reasonable and dry at the moment, I took the opportunity to disconnect and stow the hose and reel from the back garden and turn of the water supply from the garage connection. Maybe a bit overkill, but a few winters back, this water connection froze solid and forced the pipework apart. Luckily I spotted it before the thaw came on and reconnected the pipe.

We have had new double glazing both door and window in the rear garage and it does not get so cold there now. also lagged all the cold water pipework just to keep things a bit warmer.

Sunday, 17 November 2019

Lightning Twilight Photo shoot

Yesterday was spent at Bruntingthorpe airfield for the Twilight Photo shoot, a dry day and even got warm for a bit. Also as part of the day was a dedication to my late pal Peter.

I volunteered for starter crew duties and for that part everything went according to plan, a great display which Peter would have loved. It was also great to meet Peter's sister and husband who travelled all the way fro Denmark for this special day.

Forgot to mention I met a few friends and enjoyed a Lightning biscuit from Michelle Middleton who attended with her husband Dave. It did get quite cold by the time the jets were ready to perform at 4pm, but got significantly warmer when reheat was engaged.

There will be a further twilight photo shoot in April 2020, but I will give that a miss and try to make it for the May bank holiday Cold War Jets open day.

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

My LPG debut year

Way back in 2009 I met my pal Peter O'Callaghan somewhere in town where I don't remember exactly where. He was an ex 5 Squadron pal of mine from RAF Binbrook days. But for Peter, I would not have known about or through him, been introduced to the Bruntingthorpe team. I have just found this reminder of my first Cold War Jets event.

Monday, 11 November 2019

Lightning Twilight Photoshoot

Saturday the 16th November is on the horizon. I am going to the event with two  pals and with mixed feelings. It will be with a heavy heart that the occasion in memory of my 5 Squadron pal, knowing that I will not be along with him a member of a starter crew for which we both teamed up and enjoyed the pleasure that our efforts brought to many people who are lucky enough to experience the sheer power and acceleration of the English Electric Lightning.

Hopefully the weather will be kind to us and make it a special occasion.

Thursday, 24 October 2019


On Monday 21st October I attended the funeral service of my very good friend Peter O'Callaghan at Alford Crematorium, the service was very well attended by both family and friends. A buffet was arranged at the Half Moon pub in Alford afterwards to which most folks attended. RIP my friend, you will be sorely missed.

Sunday, 6 October 2019

This event will be dedicated to my friend and member of the LPG, Peter O'Callaghan who recently passed away

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Sad News

Received an email from a 5 squadron pal with the sad news that my pal and good friend Peter O'Callaghan who has been in a care home since early this year, sadly passed away yesterday afternoon.

I have known Peter since my days on 5 Squadron Lightnings at RAF Binbrook and caught up with him back in 2009 when he introduced me to the 2 Lightning jets they operated at Bruntingthorpe Airfield, so of course I got involved myself.

Peter lived in Louth as do I, and I often visited him to see how he was coping with his wife who had a stroke and him being a 24/7 carer. He had to pack in his full time job and was basically stuck in the house apart from an early morning walk with his dog.

Last year he broke a hip during a fall at home, and had an op to repair it, he suffered complications and contracted sepsis. A recurrence of his hip injury saw him back in hospital where we found out that he also had terminal lung cancer.

Peter was transferred to a care home early this year, where he was reunited with his wife who had a room 2 doors from his. Along with 2 squadron buddies we visited Peter regularly even managing to take him out for the day to a Lincolnshire airfield to a cafe, and also for a quick half pint at a pub in Wragby.

Slowly Peter started a decline in health and it was sad to see what was happening to him, he became very stressed as time went on and it was hard to watch him struggle. My visits eventually stopped as I wanted to remember him as he was, a happy, kind friend.

The funeral will be held on Monday 21st of October at 11am at Alford Crematorium, Station Road, Alford LN13 9LH.

Rest in Peace my friend.

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...