Friday, 24 September 2021

Up close to a helicopter

It's a lovely warm day today and we decided to go in the car and take Tilly for a walk on the beach but things didn't quite go to plan. We thought we'd start off with a walk on the new shorter pier which opened back in July.  The decorative panels are lovely and have been successfully refurbished from the original derelict pier which had been  demolished..



From there we strolled along the promenade and sat and had a late breakfast of a bacon bap and a large cup of coffee from a waterfront kiosk and we watched people on the beach with their dogs playing in the sea and it was a very pleasant way to spend a half hour. Thinking there were too many off lead dogs on the beach and Tilly still being in season we headed back to the car just strolling along the promenade and soon realised a helicopter was circling overhead and looking to land. One of the crew was waving at me to get out of the way.
 


A crowd of people suddenly appeared to see what was going on but as this was the air ambulance we decided we'd head off home as it was likely the roads were going to be closed off. Two of the crew had put their equipment on their backs and looked like they were heading off towards the town centre while a third crew member got a stretcher ready. It's only since arriving home we have read online that a person had been hit by a car.

On the way home I called for a bit of grocery shopping and took the opportunity to take a photo of the new shop selling merchandise for the upcoming television programme from the castle. I didn't go inside as nothing they sell would appeal to me and I don't need any T-shirts or mugs or need to sit on the throne but I will definitely watch the show again this year.




6 comments:

  1. I like the helicopter, it's just my favourite colour. I've twice been up in one, great experiences especially if it's one with a see-through floor and you can see the ground coming up to meet you as it lands :) I hope whoever had been hit by a car makes a good recovery. Your morning sounds quite pleasant though I'm not sure about the new pier - is it really a short as it looks?

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    1. Yes, the pier is short, five times shorter than the original and we're not impressed with it. You've just made me feel queasy about the helicopter ride, you did that on purpose didn't you knowing I'm scared of heights LOL :-) It was a very pleasant morning out, we really enjoyed it and the weather was lovely and warm.

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  2. Lucky Eunice - although I hate flying I would like to experience a helicopter one day.

    They are HUGE up close, when our neighbour had an awful fall a few years ago the air ambulance was called and the noise as it hovered overhead trying to work out where to land was something I will never forget.

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    1. I totally agree about the noise, it really frightened Tilly and she and I had to run to the car and I put her on the back seat and that’s when we decided it was best to go home.

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  3. The new pier is definitely lacking something! Was it always intended to be that short?

    I've been up in a helicopter a few times ... didn't enjoy the noise but loved it when the pilot hovered so we could get our photos!

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    1. There was a lot of legal wrangling over ownership of the old pier which went on for years. Then part of the derelict pier collapsed and was finally demolished. As far as I can remember the Council decided it should be rebuilt as a shortened version but there is a Trust that have always had grand plans for the new pier. So whether it will eventually be extended I have no idea.
      A helicopter ride sounds exciting and I suppose I would do it given the chance. Your photos must be wonderful.

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