LiveBournemouth Air Festival 2014: Day One live

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Summary

  • Technical difficulties with the blog - but it's not finished! You need to manually refresh, but we promise, we're still here!
  • The show starts at 10.30am with the launch event - watch for a suprise
  • Wingwalking 94-year-old Tom Lackey will start the flying at 1.30pm
  • The Chinook has cancelled due to aircraft problems and the Falcons and Flying Scholarships for the Disabled called off due to the rain
  • Weather is expected to clear shortly
  • Next display will be the Red Arrows at 3.15pm, followed by the Merlin, Spitfire, Dakota, and BBMF

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If you've been out all day at the Air Festival, you might not have seen some of the other stories that have gone online today.

Here's 10 you may have missed.

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It's been an absolutely fantastic day for the Bournemouth Air Festival. But it's only just started. Tomorrow, visitors will have the chance to see the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the B-17 Sally-B Flying Fortress, Miss Demeanour, the Royal Navy Black Cats and lots more.

We'll be back with the live blog, so keep updated here. Tomorrow's Daily Echo will also feature lots more information, as well as photographs and reports on all of the day's action.

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There's lots more to do this evening - head to the Lower Gardens until 9pm for family fun, and if you wander over to the Bournemouth Pier Stage, the Silver Beatles tribute act will be performing until 10pm!

Anyone wishing to see the Army Air Corps Band also has until 9pm to see the six-piece rock group at the Lower Gardens Bandstand.

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Here's some traffic news that may affect some of you this evening:
 

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Fantastic photo of Flying Circus pyrotechnics!
 

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The Parachute Regiment Freefall Team - the Red Devils - is the official team of both the Parachute Regument (the Paras) snd the British Army.

Every member of the team has served a minimum of three years in the Paras and has taken part in at least one operational tour of duty in either the Falkland Islands, Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, and Afghanistan or Iraq.

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They're battling the wind tonight but doing an astonishing job. The next to make the jump is waving a Union Jack flag

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Next man to jump has more than 5,000 leaps to his name - amazing!

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Apologies, it's the Red Devils now - reaching speeds of up to 120mph as they leap from planes hovering over the sea.

Flares are attached to their feet so you can trace their descent back to earth.

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We're expecting displays from the Solo Twister and the Red Devils Parachute Team before Night Air draws to a close later tonight.

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The beautiful plane is performing a series of dazzling loops over the sea, trailing sparks as it goes. We'll have some photos up on the blog as soon as possible, it's quite a sight!

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Sparks fly from the wings of the Piper J-3 Cub. Fantastic stuff

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The planes are lit up in luminous colours against the evening sky. Fantastic spectacle.

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Here we go! O'Brien's Flying Circus taking to the skies!

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Glad to see the Red Arrows had as much fun today as we all did: 
 

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O'Brien's Flying Circus on the way! That's something really special. The display was devised by pilot Brendan O'Brien in the 1980s and still has the same ability to wow today.

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From photographs, it looks like the sky is awash with gold and blue as the sun sets. We hope you're all having a lovely time and enjoying the displays!

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Great shot by our photographer Richard:
 

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The Spitfire has an amazing history. She was built in Southampton in the 1940s, and joined squadrons in Europe, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Central Fighter Establishment and more.

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Looks like a beautiful evening out there for the displays!
 

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Just heard the Rolls Royce Spitfire roaring overhead from the office - can't wait to see all of your photographs!

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Thanks for sending in your photos - some amazing shots being submitted by readers!
 

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After a day of stunning aerial acrobatics, Night Air will shortly get underway. But there's plenty to do even if you've had your fill of planes, with a circus workshop, face painting, hula hooping and more in the Lower Gardens too

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Lots of people watching the Royal Marine display - looks brutal from these photos by Sam Sheldon!
 

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What a photo!
 

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Here's a brief update of the travel troubles in West Dorset for everyone attempting the drive to Bournemouth this evening:
 

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Lots of photos out there of the Red Arrows - they'll always have a very special place in the hearts of many people living here:
 

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Crikey, all sorts of problems on the roads in West Dorset. There's a live blog on the travel mayhem at our sister paper's website if you need the latest information on the area.

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Great photo of the brilliant Tom Lackey:
 

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Reporter Gayle McDonald is out and about in Bournemouth ahead of the Night Air displays this evening:

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This is what the traffic situation looks like at the moment in the Weymouth area:
 

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Lots of people were feeling the love for the Red Arrows today - glad to see they feel the same way about Bournemouth!
 

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Are you off to Night Air this evening? We'd love to see your photos! You can Tweet us @bournemouthecho, or use #Bmthair or #Bmthairfest

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More travel woes in the area unfortunately: 
 

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So many amazing pictures from the Bournemouth Air Festival already and it's only day one! You can find more in our gallery here

Lots more to follow so keep checking back!

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Traffic update: Very heavy on the A35 at Christchurch and Library Road in Poole is blocked due to a four car crash. Details here. 

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We love this. Go Pro footage of Tom Lackey. Amazing.

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On your way home after the Air Festival by bus? Yellow Buses have just posted the following update on their Facebook page:

#‎yellowsupdate‬ 1700 ‪#‎airfestival‬ services very busy some delays - if you can, why not stay in the town centre a little longer to enjoy the sights and sounds -we have additional vehicles in place to help keep everything running smoothly

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The fun's not o ver yet, just to remind you. Lots more still to come, details here or what's happening at Night Air tonight.

7.15pm - 8.40pm

  • Rolls Royce Spitfire
  • O'Briens Flying Circus
  • Solo Twister
  • Red Devils Parachute Display Team 

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  • East Overcliff: Royal Marines Commando Recruiting Team
  • East Overcliff: Royal Marines The Beat Retreat 
  • Lower Gardens: circus workshop, hula hooping, face painting and Punch & Judy
  • Lower Gardens Bandstand: Army Air Corps Band
  • Bournemouth Pier Stage: Silver Beatles Tribute Act 

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We're just starting to load all the rest of the pictures from the day onto the system, shouldn't be long now

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Our photographers are beginning to filter their pictures back from today.

We've started uploading them to a gallery, you can see them here

There are lots, lots more to follow!

 

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We've heard from our reporter Toby who is camped out at Bournemouth Airport that the Red Arrows have returned. Here's some live footage for you

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Love this pic!

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A quick update on the roads for you if you're not currently down at the beach watching the Red Arrows:
 

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We think you may need to manually refresh to get the updates - auto-update seems to be not working....

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3:20pm Thu 28 Aug 14

carl.barrow says

Sadly stuck indoors and thought I'd get updates via the echo,
Which has been failing to update at all today !!!!!

 

ermmmmmm....

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Hurrah! A full display from the Red Arrows. Excellent news.

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Lots of excited people waiting on the beach for the Red Arrows
 

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The Red Arrows are on their way! here's some footage we got of the team taking off at Bournemouth Airport a few minutes' ago. 

You'll be able to see them from about one minute in. 

 

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Here's what's coming up in the next batch of displays:

  • RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight 
  • RAF BBMF Dakota C-47
  • Royal Navy Merlin HM1
  • Red Arrows 
  • Rolls Royce Spitfire

The Tucano, flying now, has been bumped from its later slot because the Battle of Britain flight is delayed.

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Bournemouth Echo:

A lovely picture from earlier of Dr Emma Egging doing the Ice Bucket Challenge. Toby Wadey was there and writes: 

A crowd gathered at Pier Approach to watch as Dr Emma Egging, wife of the late Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging, was drenched with freezing cold water to raise awareness of the trust set up in his name. 
Speaking after the challenge, Emma said she accepted the challenge to draw attention to the work the Jon Egging Trust does to inspire young people throughout the country. 
She added: “There was a lot of water, but it could have been a lot worse!”

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The Tutor is the plane all pilots learn in. It will head for the crowd at 200mph, pulling G-Force of -3-5G.

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By the way, when you're out and about over the air festival, you might notice a free wi-fi popping up on your phone. That's Fusion Wifi and it's probably the world's fastest outdoor wi-fi.

 

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Wise words.

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So, to sum up:

  • The RAF Falcons are cancelled due to the rain
  • Flying Scholarships for the Disabled are cancelled due to the rain
  • The Chinook is cancelled because of aircraft issues
  • The Red Arrows are due at 3.15pm
  • The skies are expected to clear fairly quickly
  • The Black Cats are about to display

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Folks, due to a technical glitch it does say that this live event has finished at the top of your screens. Never fear, we're still here!

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First cancellation: The Chinook is off due to technical issues, NOT the weather.

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Excited about seeing the Vulcan? we spoke to Dr Robert Pleming, chief executive of the Vulcan To The Sky Trust, about the Vulcan's appearance on Saturday and the future of the bomber. 

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Lovely picture of some of the Red Arrows team taking a look at today's Daily Echo!
 

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Flying Scholarships for Disabled People is a charity that teaches disabled people to fly, set up in memory of Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader who, after losing both his legs in a flying accident, went on to achieve fame in World War II as a fighter pilot and a gifted leader of men.

From their website:


From 1976, until his death in 1982, Sir Douglas was President of the Royal International Air Tattoo and in the following year, to perpetuate his indomitable spirit, the organisers of the Tattoo, and in particular the late Paul Bowen and Tim Prince, inaugurated Flying Scholarships for Disabled People. 

Since then nearly 400 disabled people have been awarded scholarships. Several have been paraplegic and others disabled as a result, for example, of cerebral palsy, loss of limbs, rheumatoid arthritis, MS, ME and spina bifida.

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So, the first batch of displays proper starts at 1.30pm, and here's whats on.

  • Wing walker Tom Lackey
  • Flying Scholarships For Disabled People 
  • Royal Navy Black Cats Helicopter Display Team
  • Parachute Display Team Royal Air Force Falcons 
  • Royal Air Force Tutor T1 
  • Royal Air Force Chinook

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The Sea Vixen currently showing off what she can do on her way back from Portsmouth. She'll be back for a full display on Sunday.

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So, we're hoping for an unscheduled flypast from the Sea Vixen, who's performing as part of the HMS Illustrious decommisioning ceremony in Portsmouth this morning. 

Here's some more about her and the team from Bournemouth who saved her. 

Bournemouth Echo:

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11:12am Thu 28 Aug 14

mark.s says

Wow - a 94 year old gentleman wing-walking, that's astonishing. If I'm able to do anything nearly as exciting and brave as that when I'm in my 90s (I'm 27) then I'll be extremely chuffed.

Regular readers will know not everyone agrees that Tom should be wingwalking at his age, hence this exchange from our letters page: 

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An update on the cloud base scenario: The Met Office was predicting broken cloud at 1,000 feet between 12 and 2pm but Met Check have just updated their aviation forecast to say no cloud at all for the rest of the day, so fingers crossed! 

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This just in from the Sea Vizen's facebook page:

Welcome to foxy airways flight information for Thursday !
Your pilot for the day will be Jonathan Whaley .
Departure will be approx 11:30 from Bournemouth .
We will be cruising at an altitude of whatever we can get away with .
Expect a high probability of a pass along Bournemouth beach before she moves easterly to Portsmouth for the decommissioning of HMS Illustrious .
More updates soon 

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The eagle-eyed may have spotted that the signs on the Ashley Heath roundabout saying the slip road will be closed overnight are still there, despite the Highways Agency saying they're wrong and were going to be removed. You can read our story about them here and about the rest of the closures on the A31 this week here

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Traffic seems all good at the moment. An abnormal load is due to set off from Holton Heath along the A35 and A31 in about half an hour so we'll keep an eye on that.

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While we're waiting for the action to start you could always take our Air Festival Personality Quiz... Red 10 did (he came out as the Vulcan)

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And at Aruba, Dr Balloonman has been building a giant red version: 

We're going to get some pictures of this one later. Anyone else got a balloon plane to show us? 

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Building Spitfires out of balloons is obviously a thing this year. Patrick Thorne, head of science at Glenmoor and Winton academies and balloon maestro at inflatecreate.com, sent us this:

Bournemouth Echo:

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This, by Lisa Northover, is pretty amazing.

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9:59am Thu 28 Aug 14

tabby-avalon says

On this day last year I moved back to Bournemouth after living away for 3 miserable years. I was greeted by the Red Arrows the Vulcan and Bournemouth's new welcome sign (which i love). It was a glorious day and I felt like it was all for me (I couldn't tell you how many times I almost burst with tears of joy). I couldn't have been happier or more proud to live in Bournemouth. This is truly the best place in UK to live. THANK YOU BOURNEMOUTH and THANK YOU AIR SHOW. love xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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Reader Nigel Cross has emailed in this picture of the Red Arrrows arriving at Bournemouth Airport yesterday. 

Bournemouth Echo:

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Bournemouth's poet laureate James Manlow has written a poem for this year's festival. 

Look out, look up! Leave the dishes drying,
gather the children, turn off the TV,
and come and see the Red Arrows flying.

Oh there’s work to be done, and the work is trying,
but no one needs another cup of tea.
Look out, look up; leave the dishes drying,

Bournemouth’s in bloom and the Mayor is buying,
and who’s not glad to be beside the sea?
Come now and see the Red Arrows flying.

Each new formation wholly satisfying
soaring from the page like poetry
looking out and up. Leave. The dishes drying

shudder as the planes go higher, plying
blue sky with endless possibility.
Look out! Look up! Leave the dishes drying
and come and see, the Red Arrows flying.

You can hear James read the poem on his website here and follow him on Twitter @James_Manlow

9:51am

Right, that's the shameless self promotion out of the way, we can tell you a bit about what's happening this morning.

There's a meet and greet with the Red Arrows at their PR tent on the seafront from 11am but you'll need to queue.

The official event launch is at 10.30am with the organisers promising a suprise.

9:48am

As ever, we're running our photographic competition with £300 in Castle Cameras vouchers to be won, details on how to enter are here. But this year we're also running a phone-only picture of the day competition in association with new app Postsnap. Read about that here.  And to get in you in the mood, here are the 39 best photo competition entries from the last six years. 

 

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If you've never been to the festival before, here's our essential guide to what you need to know and here's what's on today and tonight at Night Air. And here's our guide to ten things not to miss.

 

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So, first things first. Our weather watch seems to suggest that it's not going to rain at all over the four days. Cloud may or may not be a problem tomorrow but it should be okay today. 

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Bournemouth Echo:

Lovely pictures of the RN RAF ships arriving in the bay this morning from Richard Crease.

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Good morning and welcome to the first day of our live coverage of Bournemouth Air Festival.

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9:59am Thu 28 Aug 14

tabby-avalon says...

On this day last year I moved back to Bournemouth after living away for 3 miserable years. I was greeted by the Red Arrows the Vulcan and Bournemouth's new welcome sign (which i love). It was a glorious day and I felt like it was all for me (I couldn't tell you how many times I almost burst with tears of joy). I couldn't have been happier or more proud to live in Bournemouth. This is truly the best place in UK to live. THANK YOU BOURNEMOUTH and THANK YOU AIR SHOW. love xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
On this day last year I moved back to Bournemouth after living away for 3 miserable years. I was greeted by the Red Arrows the Vulcan and Bournemouth's new welcome sign (which i love). It was a glorious day and I felt like it was all for me (I couldn't tell you how many times I almost burst with tears of joy). I couldn't have been happier or more proud to live in Bournemouth. This is truly the best place in UK to live. THANK YOU BOURNEMOUTH and THANK YOU AIR SHOW. love xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx tabby-avalon
  • Score: 11

10:04am Thu 28 Aug 14

burgerboy says...

What Vulcan,
It was a no show yet again last year........
What Vulcan, It was a no show yet again last year........ burgerboy
  • Score: 4

10:13am Thu 28 Aug 14

Lord Spring says...

10-30 Surprise, Could it be the Typhoon checking out the box.
10-30 Surprise, Could it be the Typhoon checking out the box. Lord Spring
  • Score: 4

10:29am Thu 28 Aug 14

tabby-avalon says...

tabby-avalon wrote:
On this day last year I moved back to Bournemouth after living away for 3 miserable years. I was greeted by the Red Arrows the Vulcan and Bournemouth's new welcome sign (which i love). It was a glorious day and I felt like it was all for me (I couldn't tell you how many times I almost burst with tears of joy). I couldn't have been happier or more proud to live in Bournemouth. This is truly the best place in UK to live. THANK YOU BOURNEMOUTH and THANK YOU AIR SHOW. love xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
lol my mistake i meant Typhoon :p
[quote][p][bold]tabby-avalon[/bold] wrote: On this day last year I moved back to Bournemouth after living away for 3 miserable years. I was greeted by the Red Arrows the Vulcan and Bournemouth's new welcome sign (which i love). It was a glorious day and I felt like it was all for me (I couldn't tell you how many times I almost burst with tears of joy). I couldn't have been happier or more proud to live in Bournemouth. This is truly the best place in UK to live. THANK YOU BOURNEMOUTH and THANK YOU AIR SHOW. love xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx[/p][/quote]lol my mistake i meant Typhoon :p tabby-avalon
  • Score: 7

10:41am Thu 28 Aug 14

Branksome snail says...

tabby-avalon wrote:
On this day last year I moved back to Bournemouth after living away for 3 miserable years. I was greeted by the Red Arrows the Vulcan and Bournemouth's new welcome sign (which i love). It was a glorious day and I felt like it was all for me (I couldn't tell you how many times I almost burst with tears of joy). I couldn't have been happier or more proud to live in Bournemouth. This is truly the best place in UK to live. THANK YOU BOURNEMOUTH and THANK YOU AIR SHOW. love xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Good for you! Ignore the whingers on here. They love the air show coming. It gives them four days to be miserable
[quote][p][bold]tabby-avalon[/bold] wrote: On this day last year I moved back to Bournemouth after living away for 3 miserable years. I was greeted by the Red Arrows the Vulcan and Bournemouth's new welcome sign (which i love). It was a glorious day and I felt like it was all for me (I couldn't tell you how many times I almost burst with tears of joy). I couldn't have been happier or more proud to live in Bournemouth. This is truly the best place in UK to live. THANK YOU BOURNEMOUTH and THANK YOU AIR SHOW. love xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx[/p][/quote]Good for you! Ignore the whingers on here. They love the air show coming. It gives them four days to be miserable Branksome snail
  • Score: 14

10:49am Thu 28 Aug 14

Mark333 says...

Why is auto update not working?
Why is auto update not working? Mark333
  • Score: -6

10:49am Thu 28 Aug 14

Lord Spring says...

Lord Spring wrote:
10-30 Surprise, Could it be the Typhoon checking out the box.
No.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Spring[/bold] wrote: 10-30 Surprise, Could it be the Typhoon checking out the box.[/p][/quote]No. Lord Spring
  • Score: 5

10:51am Thu 28 Aug 14

Mark333 says...

Why is my auto update not working every minute? I keep having to refresh to get live feed....
Why is my auto update not working every minute? I keep having to refresh to get live feed.... Mark333
  • Score: -4

11:12am Thu 28 Aug 14

mark.s says...

Wow - a 94 year old gentleman wing-walking, that's astonishing. If I'm able to do anything nearly as exciting and brave as that when I'm in my 90s (I'm 27) then I'll be extremely chuffed.
Wow - a 94 year old gentleman wing-walking, that's astonishing. If I'm able to do anything nearly as exciting and brave as that when I'm in my 90s (I'm 27) then I'll be extremely chuffed. mark.s
  • Score: 2

3:20pm Thu 28 Aug 14

carl.barrow says...

Sadly stuck indoors and thought I'd get updates via the echo,
Which has been failing to update at all today !!!!!
Sadly stuck indoors and thought I'd get updates via the echo, Which has been failing to update at all today !!!!! carl.barrow
  • Score: 3

4:09pm Thu 28 Aug 14

politicaltrainspotter says...

Nice to see Dr Emma Egging in Bournemouth and hope she is afforded all the hospitatlity and respect she deserves.The town will never forget that sad day,
Nice to see Dr Emma Egging in Bournemouth and hope she is afforded all the hospitatlity and respect she deserves.The town will never forget that sad day, politicaltrainspotter
  • Score: 4

4:19pm Thu 28 Aug 14

hamworthygirl says...

carl.barrow wrote:
Sadly stuck indoors and thought I'd get updates via the echo,
Which has been failing to update at all today !!!!!
mine has been fine on auto update
[quote][p][bold]carl.barrow[/bold] wrote: Sadly stuck indoors and thought I'd get updates via the echo, Which has been failing to update at all today !!!!![/p][/quote]mine has been fine on auto update hamworthygirl
  • Score: -1
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