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Title: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: Pujgnie on August 14, 2011, 05:33:44 PM
VV will be out and about during all 4 days of the upcomming Bournemouth Air Festival - 18th to 21st Aug.

Only one VV this year - but located in a prime location at Pier Approach opposite Harry Ramsdens chippy. Hopefully we can build on the success of the previous years. If any club/forum members are visiting, please do pop in and say hello and feel free to spend some money  ;)

Anyone wanting to help out on any of the 4 days can either PM me or Ian Homer (PA28) with details/dates etc.

Hopefully we should be well stocked with inflatable Vulcans for the kids. They were a huge seller at Yeovilton a few weeks ago, so much so - they ran out of them  :D

Here's looking foward to a busy 4 days - and hoping the weather plays ball this year !!
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: Pujgnie on August 17, 2011, 07:49:12 PM
VV was all set up and ready to go this afternoon. Shame that we won't be getting a display, but these things happen....

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I can see that PA system causing a problem. We have wire cutters at the ready if it gets too much  :twisted:. All we need to do now is sort out free chips from Harry Ramsdens !!
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: Mags on August 17, 2011, 08:48:17 PM
It's a big un! :D
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: Greyhound on August 17, 2011, 09:01:51 PM
Plenty of space for shoppers to spend their money whilst it is raining tomorrow, thankfully there's a wooden floor so the volunteers aren't stading for hours on end in quick sand!
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: StAthan lecky on August 17, 2011, 09:47:44 PM
Dare I ask what happens when the tide comes in,is it every man/women for his/her self and hang onto an inflatable Vulcan as the waves sweep you onto the shore !

 :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:

Mike

PS Good luck for the weekend
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: Pujgnie on August 17, 2011, 10:16:28 PM
Quote from: "StAthan lecky"
Dare I ask what happens when the tide comes in,is it every man/women for his/her self and hang onto an inflatable Vulcan as the waves sweep you onto the shore !

 :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:

Mike

PS Good luck for the weekend

The tide doesn't come in that far.... Only in a storm force gale it can sometimes breach and wash the roadway. No fear of that happening for the next few days  ;)
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: Horsa's No1 Fan on August 18, 2011, 07:28:44 AM
All set and ready to go for another fun day in the VV, like others have said please come down and say hi :)

x
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: speedy on August 18, 2011, 10:17:04 AM
Well, it's 10:15, and it's peeing down, incredibly gloomy and the cloudbase is approximately the same height as a duck's backside... :-(
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: speedy on August 18, 2011, 10:36:27 AM
OK, it's gone from peeing to absolutely belting, with lightning for good measure!!!!
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: Mags on August 18, 2011, 10:47:02 AM
Hope the weather improves and good luck with the w/e.
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: speedy on August 18, 2011, 11:36:36 AM
http://s1082.photobucket.com/albums/j36 ... r%20flood/ (http://s1082.photobucket.com/albums/j365/speedy231278/Yet%20another%20flood/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;)
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: Topsy on August 18, 2011, 11:59:20 AM
Blimey that looks bad, what's it like where the VV is?
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: higgins on August 18, 2011, 12:09:44 PM
Blimey, that will take some sorting.  Flying starting at 13.00 according to the radio. :roll:
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: speedy on August 18, 2011, 12:17:04 PM
Five mins of fame:

http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/9 ... ts_Dorset/ (http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/9203246.Flooding_and_travel_disruption_after_heavy_rain_hits_Dorset/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;)
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: 10680 on August 18, 2011, 12:37:21 PM
Quote from: "speedy"
http://s1082.photobucket.com/albums/j365/speedy231278/Yet%20another%20flood/

Please keep it down there Nick.

No Royal Marines' Band tonight? Or does it drain quickly?
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: Topsy on August 18, 2011, 01:56:33 PM
The Royal Marine's band will be playing Handels water music live from their dinghies!  :D
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: higgins on August 18, 2011, 02:00:47 PM
All day time flying cancelled, dusk display under review. The ghost of airshows past!!
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: Sarah Abbott on August 18, 2011, 03:24:08 PM
I have just had call from VV to say all is ok in tent and they are picking up some trade.  :D
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: PhillyJ on August 18, 2011, 03:28:35 PM
Now who was it talking about possibly selling Vulcan Ponchos, reckon there might have been a rush for them at B'mouth today!!
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: wcg on August 18, 2011, 03:56:09 PM
BBC & Sky News reporting severe flash-flooding , with Bournemouth being worst hit.
Typical airshow weather , then !!  :lol:
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: jocelyn on August 18, 2011, 04:35:32 PM
so 558 probably wouldnt have made the trip down south anyway then ? Ponchos are a great idea, spent ages trying to find one at RIAT, all sold out, so a good item to stock ! love the idea of Handel s water music from a dinghy !
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: RHP on August 18, 2011, 05:10:17 PM
IIRC the idea of branded Ponchos was knocked on the head last time for the usual reason of cost - had to be ordered in huge numbers to get the price down. :(
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: speedy on August 18, 2011, 07:35:43 PM
...and today we'd probably have sold huge numbers...!!

Night show cancelled.  Hoping for better weather tomorrow.  I popped in after lunch to make fun of the weather and ended up roped in for the remainder of the day.  Trading was hardly brisk or riotous, but there was a fairly steady stream all afternoon, and not just the one running under the flooring!
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: Pujgnie on August 18, 2011, 08:56:59 PM
A few from todays VV

More impending rain - after the deluge that went before it  :(. The channels carved in the sand are an indication of the downpours we endured during the morning !

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VV set up and ready to go

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Maggie trying to escape for a Schmoke

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Deserted Prom and beach - due to weather

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All flying displays were cancelled due to weather conditions.... some were left alone with thier thoughts. Only things flying were the infamous 'Seagull' display team  :roll:

(http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc15/PUJNIE/DSC_0278-2.jpg)

Colston Nichols became a bit of a celebrity by signing some Vulcan prints, seen here chatting to Dr P about the quality of coffee on offer, and not getting free chips from Harry Ramdens (Only kidding) :D

(http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc15/PUJNIE/DSC_0279-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: Smudger565 on August 19, 2011, 06:38:27 AM
Thanks for posting the photographs Phil

It was bad in Portland (just rounnd the corner from you) 57mm of rain.

Even the seagulls were grounded :lol:  :lol:

PS
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: StAthan lecky on August 19, 2011, 09:32:49 AM
Scuse my ignorance ,but who is Colston Nichols  ?

 :?

Mike
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: speedy on August 19, 2011, 10:14:38 AM
That would be Flt Lt Colston Nichols, ex 617 Squadron Vulcan Captain, and a resident of Poole, hence coming to help this weekend.  He flew 558 on a few occasions, and his crew also had a rather unfortunate accident with the can heater and some tomato soup on one occasion....  I think he's posted on here once or twice too.

Weather is looking MUCH better today.  :-)
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: speedy on August 19, 2011, 10:18:30 AM
http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/8 ... _30_years/ (http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/8360777.Former_Vulcan_bomber_pilot_from_Poole_reunited_with_aircraft_after_30_years/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;)
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: dee on August 19, 2011, 10:24:05 AM
Here's hoping for much better weather for you down there! And a very busy VV hopefully!! Good luck to you all  :)
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: StAthan lecky on August 19, 2011, 12:46:15 PM
Cheers for the info on Colston Nichols

 :D

Mike
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: jakspeed on August 19, 2011, 12:54:18 PM
Wow - that's some serious rain!  :o
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: Pujgnie on August 19, 2011, 08:34:38 PM
This was today... wall to wall sunshine first thing this morning  :D

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VV can be seen in the foreground

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Hopefully the weather should be good for the weekend, and VV get many more visitors.

Almost everyone weve encountered so far has been tolerant and understanding of Vulcans non appearance. I personally had one 'muppet' having a bit of a rant that she always manages to go U/S for Bournemouth. Pity that he happened to be standing next to an ex Vulcan Nav at the time - who put him in his place a bit....  :lol: . Said 'muppet' moped off still grumbling - but a bit more quieter.
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: planenut on August 22, 2011, 08:54:20 PM
Another odd weekend at Bournemouth.

Vulcan Village was in an amazing position and with a "busload" of amazing volunteers. I would like to thank all those people who dealt with it, manned (womaned and "childed" it) and that included those who busy in the background transporting items, and looking after those volunteers, all to keep XH558 in the air, thank you all.
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: Bryank on August 22, 2011, 10:12:10 PM
We have some video of the Thursday monsoon which you would not believe - The Junglies Sea King over the pier in the middle of the downpour was bonkers. Sorry for rubbish update but after chucking the (much loved) vulcan hoodlums out from home today we got our internet connection fixed after a six day outage. Grr....

Updates tomorrow when I've sorted the photos and removed the sand from our bathroom  :D
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: planenut on August 23, 2011, 11:10:01 AM
Quote from: "Bryank"
Updates tomorrow when I've sorted the photos and removed the sand from our bathroom  :D

Gritty stuff Bryan!
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: Bryank on August 23, 2011, 12:43:40 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v179/Bryank/DSC_0331.jpg)

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Just a little bit of rain...

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Crew of "HMS Vulcan Village" sans lifejackets. (Phil managed to not be in this one!)

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Andy's Star Wars gang were very popular!

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Before the crowds showed up..

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Darth offering photo opportunities for a suitable donation..

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VV had a constant stream of visitors for the three days that had decent weather. We were trying to figure out how many people actually passed through - Anyone want to hazard a guess? (At peak times there was a queue to get in)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v179/Bryank/DSC_0389.jpg)
A visit from Sam and a very fast growing up Josh..

Vid to follow once I get it from Mags..

Cheers,

Bryan
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: Horsa's No1 Fan on August 23, 2011, 12:54:25 PM
Great pics,  we all surprisingly looked awake on the group shot :)
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: Pujgnie on August 23, 2011, 07:11:03 PM
Glad Andys' stormtrooper idea was well received to help raise publicity.

Thanks for the pics Bryan  :)
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: Greyhound on August 23, 2011, 07:44:05 PM
Bryan, many thanks for putting these on the forum.
Brings back some good memories of good times with good people.
jason
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: planenut on August 24, 2011, 02:09:52 PM
Crowd figures - Bournemouth Council’s tourism team said the combined estimated audience was 1,020,000 for the whole event!
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: PA28 on August 24, 2011, 02:25:11 PM
A great team effort and well done to all on an excellent weekend, only marred of course by the sad news on Red Four.
We did completely shut down the Village for 10 minutes to honour the silence and having spent some takings on Reds' merchandise in the RAF Village, adding in our dedicated sales on Sunday, we will have easily contributed £100 towards the memorial fund set up for Jon Egging.

Let's aim for more helpers next year as we need to do shifts to capture the trade during 6pm and 10pm when the beach front was heaving with people for the night flying and fireworks.

Once again, well done to Phill in pulling all the local volunteers together. The Star Wars characters and the Dorset Tea promotion also added to a great family atmosphere.

Well done all.

Ian
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: planenut on August 24, 2011, 09:33:32 PM
Just in case you missed the rain..........
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... -MINS.html (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2027453/UK-flash-floods-Dorset-monsoon-Bournemouth-coast-gets-fortnights-rain-30-MINS.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;)
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: Pujgnie on August 25, 2011, 12:21:39 AM
Quote from: "PA28"
Once again, well done to Phill in pulling all the local volunteers together. The Star Wars characters and the Dorset Tea promotion also added to a great family atmosphere.

Well done all.

Ian

Glad 'Team Bournemouth' were able to help out...I'm glad so say that most members of our 'mottly crew' volunteered to do a stint in VV over the duration.

Hopefully next year 'TB' may have expanded a bit more to be able to include a shift rota. (Will cross that bridge when we come to it  ;) )

My personal thanks to all the gang on duty over the 4 days at Bournemouth. Nice to meet new people and catch up with friends and familiar faces.

Look foward to doing it all again 2012..... maybe we can have a flying Vulcan next time  :lol:
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: Sad Sam on August 25, 2011, 04:24:04 PM
Depends if it is raining or not.
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: Fluffy Bunny on August 25, 2011, 04:28:01 PM
Or if you've got the bleedin' thing fixed by then :P ;)
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: Pujgnie on September 04, 2011, 06:45:14 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maVb4IXg ... ture=feedu (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maVb4IXgKYU&feature=feedu" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;)
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: Topsy on September 04, 2011, 08:28:45 PM
Pretty amazing when you see it like that.

Saw myself a couple of times too.  :lol:
Title: Re: Bournemouth Air Festival
Post by: Pujgnie on June 21, 2012, 01:22:58 AM
Nice to see Vulcan Village on the 'highlights' from last years show  :)

http://www.bournemouthair.co.uk/whats-on/ (http://www.bournemouthair.co.uk/whats-on/)