The small West Cumbrian seaside town of
Whitehaven, which boasts an historic harbour has for many years
hosted an annual show named The Festival of the Sea Over the years
this has grown into an event that consumes the town over a weekend.
Now alongside the harbour and its Tall Ships, there is a Music
Festival, Cookery shows, and an Air Display. The music Festival
attracts acts as diverse as Classical singer
and Pop group One Direction. The Cookery shows have most of the
Celebrity Chiefs queuing up to show their skills. The Air Display
also attracts some of the counties top display items.
This year the flying was condensed into one day, however as with all
events held in Britain the one thing that canít be relied on is the
weather and unfortunately this was the case for Whitehaven. Strong
winds were to cause problems later for the aircraft participating.
Despite the conditions the display went ahead on schedule. All the
aircraft for the event were based at Blackpool with the exception of
the Tucano and the Seaking which flew in from their respected bases
of Linton on Ouse and Prestwick.
Exhibits each completed their full routine but the wind was
unrelenting and by the time that the final display of the day was
due the Red Arrows it was deemed unsafe for their display to go
An entertaining afternoon of flying was enjoyed by the crowd and the
weekend was another success, unfortunately there is some uncertainty
as to whether or not the organisers will be putting together another
event next year.
Aircraft taking part
XV281 Sea Fury