Sunday, 14 September 2014

Day Out With Thomas

Last week I spent a day out with my friend Thomas at The Scottish Airshow at Ayr.

Today I met another Thomas - Thomas the Tank Engine.

Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway held one of their theme days where Thomas and his friends brought much excitement to hundreds of kids and their parents.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Scottish Airshow

With the demise of RAF Leuchars, Scotland lost one of its few airshows.

The hole was filled this year with the revival of the Prestwick Airshow after an absence of 22 years.

The airshow was held over 2 days but I only managed to the free flying display on the Saturday which was held at Low Green in Ayr.

Below are some of the acts who performed at Ayr. More pictures can be viewed in my gallery.

RV8tors display team
Pitts Special S-1S performing a manoeuvre
The Blades Aerobatic Display Team are all ex Red Arrows pilots
Second World War flying boat Consolidated PBY Catalina
RAF trainer aircraft Hunting Percival P.84 Jet Provost
Shorts Tucano T1 paying tribute to the fallen of past wars
Avro Vulcan bringing the show to a thunderous close

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Strathaven Balloon Festival

I think this may be my first time seeing a hot air balloon. It's definitely the first time I have seen so many at the one time.

On the Saturday evening we were treated to an Evening Glow where the balloons assembled on the ground after dusk and lit their burners in time to the music being played through the P.A. system.

A large crowd had gathered to witness this colourful spectacle and enjoyed the display.

The balloons also made some flights over the course of the weekend. The weather was perfect on the Sunday evening when I made a return visit to Strathaven. From a vantage point overlooking the town the assembled crowd were able to see the balloons rising and drift lazily over the town.

I'm sure I will be visiting this wonderful festival again in the near future.

Evening Glow
Evening Glow
Evening Glow

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Johnstone Fire Engine Rally

Renfrewshire's annual Fire Engine Rally had a change of venue this year.

Past events have taken place in Paisley, but this year the rally moved to Johnstone starting with a parade from the Fire Station to Houston Square in the town centre.

A great crowd turned out to see the current and heritage vehicles.

The event was a paradise for all lovers, both young and old, of big red fire engines.

Along with the fun and flashing blue lights, the Fire Brigade had a serious message about the dangers of using chip pans. A pan with a small amount of oil was heated until the oil ignited.

A cup of water was then poured into the pan.

What happened next was quite frightening!

Tuesday, 12 August 2014


Acclaimed by her owners Hapag-Lloyd as the "most beautiful yacht in the world", MS Europa made her first visit to Greenock since 2011.

She is currently on a round Britain cruise, starting and ending in Germany.

Europa arrived at Greenock around 8am from Liverpool and is due to depart for Portree on Skye at 6:30pm this evening.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Every August Edinburgh plays host to the largest Arts festival in the world.

Acrobats, singers, actors and human statues all competed for the public's attention along a pedestrian only part of the Royal Mile. The public were only too happy to take in the colourful entertainment.

The performers were all happy to pose for photographers and hand out fliers for their theatre performances.