Dragon Racing and an Airshow

Last week, we had some dragon racing in the Wet Dock. It seems that they raised £10,000 for charity so it was a great idea which I hope that they repeat next year. I wandered down along to see the action.

This was an interesting vendor which was parked down near the Cult.

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Unfortunately, because of my wheelchair, I felt that I had to give it a miss!

At the same time, there was a display by the East Anglian Mini Club. I was a bit disappointed as I hoped to see more original minis (like my best man had – his was a C reg from 1965) but most of them were later versions – not the modern mini, I hasten to add. Anyway, that’s just me with memories. Most wouldn’t notice.

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That last one is a classic Mini Cooper S – brilliant.

The high spots keep coming because this week is the Trooping Of The Colour which always ends with a flying display by the RAF over Buckingham Palace. The flying procession makes up over the sea off Southwold and then comes down over Ipswich and on to London. I am always surprised that there isn’t a group of photographers sitting on Orwell Quay waiting for the display to come over us.  As it was, and as it has been in the past, there was just me! You sit and wait, knowing that they have to be over the palace at 1pm and the time moves on. You start to think that this year is the year that they will go a different way.

Suddenly an RAF A400M Atlas appears over the apartments and you know that you have it right.

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Then you sit there and wait. There is a long gap so you start to think again… but then a Voyager and two Eurofighters appear.

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Still the gap remains long but then the Tonkas fly over (Tonka is an affectionate name for the Panavia Tornado GR4). This gets better by the minute.

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Note the red panel on the tail of some of the aircraft. This is to celebrate the 100th year of the Royal Air Force which was formed from the Royal Flying Corps back on 1st April 1918. Talking about the colour red, we still hope for the special treat. My camera time recording shows 4 minutes elapsed after the Tornados flew over. I was seriously doubting that there was anything more to come and then…

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Yes, the Red Arrows did fly the same path this year. Last year they were way out over the Orwell Bridge so we heard them and saw them in the distance but this year…

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They were split 5 and 4 so I had to go for one or the other for a closer look. I chose the 5. But I can still show you the 4.

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As I said to my friend “Ginge” in the Pharmacy. How good it is to live by a lovely marina, on a beautiful summer day – AND get an air show?

If the “Flying Scotsman” was coming through Ipswich, there would be crowds so why wasn’t I crowded out with photographers? Mystery!

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