After all the mentions of the Sunderland Airshow that I have made during the last week or so it would seem unfair not to give a taste of the spectacle, so I’ve attached a slideshow of images captured during the first hour or so of today’s event, mostly of the incredible Red Arrows.
Two of their number were killed in separate accidents last year, yet the remaining seven continue to perform miracles with 8 feet of separation at 400mph. Shortly after their routine, which always draws applause from the crowds below, I met our friend Jackie and her family. She told me how emotional the display made her feel, and I understood completely. I’ve seen them fly many times whilst I’ve lived in this area, but remain impressed on every subsequent occasion.
Jackie would have made a great portrait today, she was by far the most photogenic person I met amongst the thousands along the shore, but having graced this blog earlier in the year she was ruled out, which was just as well as it turned out.
A couple of weeks back I wrote about a man with mutton-chop sideburns who has made habit of wearing yellow of late, and today that man’s dream is coming true. Bradley Wiggins will be the first Briton to win the Tour de France in its 99 outings, marking a historic day for British cycling. As if that wasn’t enough, he will be joined on the podium by team-mate Chris Froome, another Brit who is runner-up to Bradley, and if the Manx Missile that is Mark Cavendish can win the sprint on the Champs-Élysées for a record-breaking fourth consecutive time that will be the icing on the cake.
Wonder what Ian Dury would have made of it all…