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Issue:- Saturday, 26 September 2015

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Southport Air Show 2015 - Part 1
Photographs by Patrick Trollope.

THE Southport Air Show took place over 19 September and 20 September 2015, on Southport's Beach. It was a very historical event, as it marked not 1, but 2 ends to eras in Aviation History.

The show was the very last show in which you would have seen the Royal Navy Search and Rescue Flight, as UK's search and rescue service is being privatised. It is not just the end of 70 years of the UK's military search and rescue, but the familiar sight of a Sea King Helicopter might also be vanishing for good, from the sky. Most of them are likely to be ending up in scrap yards, as they are retired, leaving just the Lynx and Merlin flying. The crew on the Westland Sea King Helicopter, on both days, conducted demonstrations with the crew of Southport Lifeboat. They did an amazing job showing off the incredible capability of the British designed, licensed and built aircraft. Interestingly, a number of Sea Kings were deployed during the Falklands War, providing a major strategic advantage to UK forces. The next and final display, came from an aircraft that was also British designed and built. This aircraft was no other than the very last airworthy Avro Vulcan, XH558. Over it operates with the Royal Air Force from 1956 until 1984, it took a major role in the UK's Cold War operations and took part in the Falkland's War. During Falkland's War, conflict, this once top secret aircraft made headlines after it made the record longest continuous bombing runs in history, at the time. A record that has only recently been broken. If it was not for that fact, the aircraft would have probably never got the credit for having such a major impact on aviation design. The Vulcan XH558, has been owned in recent years and operated by Vulcan to the Sky Trust, who have done the impossible over the years in order to get her back in the air and then to keep her in the air. But all things have to come to an end, and what an end to an amazing life in the sky! As the jet powered delta wing strategic bomber soared over head for the last time. Her engines roaring, with thousands below watching, many aircraft enthusiasts could not keep a clear eye. She will now go on static display, now she can no longer fly again. d; An emotional experience for many. Pease see the Vulcan to the Sky Trust website for more information. Other fantastic displays included the Red Arrows, who also escorted the Vulcan to the show, while cheers and clapping rose from the crowds on the beach, as she disappeared up the river, with the commentator using plaudits like:- "Feel the Pride" an, ”There goes 'The Spirit of Great Britain'", as it passed; an emotional experience for many.

There were many other displays. Sadly, the ground was too wet for the small planes to land, but what did fly and take part put on a stunning show. On the ground, the crowds could see historic military vehicles, from American, German and Russian tracked and untracked vehicles to British military vehicles. Flight Simulators, food and drink stands. Lego displays and even a The Ferguson TE20 is an agricultural tractor, along with the author of the book:- 'Meet Fergie.'  Other activities included an Army Assault Course and the chance to be photographed in 1 of 2 replica Spitfires.

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More photos and video will be in the next issue as well, but for now please enjoy the photos in this week’s edition.



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Auditions - New members wanted for Liverpool Empire Youth Musical Theatre Company

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Vikings return to Formby
Photographs by Patrick Trollope.

ON 26 September 2015, Vikings returned to Formby along with a host of medieval characters.  The event took place at the Guild Hall and we will have some more photos and a report about this fantastic annual event in the next issue... If you attened it, please let us know what you thought of it, via emailing us to:- News24@SouthportReporter.Com.

B.O.A. 70th Anniversary DVD

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Deceased estates notice - Lilian May Jackam

Pursuant to the Trustee Act 1925, any persons having a claim against or an interest in the Estate of Lilian May Jackam (also known as Lillian May) Jackam (Deceased), late of Birch Abbey Rest Home, 55 Alexandra Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 9HD, UK, who died on 04/10/2018, are required to send particulars thereof in writing, to the undersigned Solicitors, on or before 24/05/2019, after which date the Estate will be distributed having regard only to claims and interests of which they have had notice. Churches Solicitors, 12 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7BL, UK. Ref:- 'T553015.'

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