I have had 10000 hits on the Blog on the “Farewell party for the Sea King” and I appreciate all the support much from great friends with huge SAR experience and others from doctors to fishermen who love what this great aircraft and it crews have done over the years. Hopefully
It is incredible the support and love of the aircraft throughout the UK and especially in the Highlands. As the aircraft leave each station in the UK we will all have great memories and hopefully maybe there will be something to commemorate the great service given. I know there may be a big farewell down South or a mention in Parliament but I am sure as each aircraft leaves that each area would like to thank the crews for such an incredible service to the UK? Does the MOD still have a PR service, I wonder who advises them?
Times move on and I wish the new aircraft and Bristows a safe and successful transition for the future. Many of the military aircrew will be joining the new aircraft after leaving the Service soon. Again many thanks for the support and kind words. Maybe someone will see sense ?
Yesterday I managed an hour in the Cairngorms at the Lunar Eclipse and we had a bit of a view. I wanted a short walk and managed an hour in the damp conditions. This was my first wee walk in the mountains since Christmas Day. It was only along in Corrie Sneachda but I am back into Aberdeen on Wednesday for another operation so this was the last chance for a while. How I miss the hills but even a wet misty short walk was great. Walking is still very sore and I cannot go far but it was great to be out in the cold wind and rain. How alive you feel even after a short walk, to see the ptarmigan and hear their croaking on the hills again was great. It was when we arrived at the Car Park we met the incredibly soaking wet Manny Gorman looking “drookit” after several days on a Winter Mountain Leader Assessment in the wild Cairngorms. Manny a few years ago ran all the Corbetts in one trip an amazing man and among a great bunch of hill runners that have no egos. I was with a friend Bernie and he commented on this explosion of enthusiasm arrived it was so infectious by Manny. This is what he said of his trip and how happy he was to have passed the course.
“In five short days, a Super Moon, Spring Equinox, Northern Lights, hundreds of Ptarmigan pairs, 2 Peregrines mugging a Golden Eagle, 33 hours of hill walking with 3 great boys from The Valleys, 2 snow hole nights, a quick eclipse, one WINTER MOUNTAIN LEADER, what was the highlight?
This is why we climb?
(A surprise bear hug from David Whalley coming off the hill was the absolute cherry on top.”)
This is a great read inspirational
“A mighty tome of 208 pages loaded with the full uncensored gory details.
Forewords by “Heavy” Whalley, MBE, BEM and Hamish Brown, MBE.
A daily account of the 70 day journey, including background preparation and planning.
Personal accounts from the many supporters and blog contributors.
86 colour photos, 20 annotated route maps, route statistics, Corbetts index.
Signed on request.
Available for £15.00 + p&p within UK from http://www.mannygorman.co.uk/”
I bet the others on the course had no clue who was with them for these hill days, well done mate! Get that book it is a joy to read!