A busy day with the girls Christmas fun and then some media interest from our trip to Syracuse.

Yesterday was a bit full on I am down South at last getting some time with the girls at last. I had promised that I would do a chat with “Heart” radio and a photo for Times newspaper after our Cycle to Syracuse trip to the USA last month. This was the Commemoration of 30 years on the 21st of December of the Lockerbie Tragedy. I travelled by train this time and got my sleeper seat upgraded to a Sleeper due the carriage being u/s no power. I also shared with Alex who was up at Helmsdale and his sister a Black cab driver saved me the crazy rush hour tube trip to Paddington where I got my train to Twyford and Yvette picked me up. The journey went so well. We collected the girls from school that afternoon and it was lovely just seeing them and the huge cuddles I got. I am one lucky man.

I love this photo at the end of our trip to Syracuse University .

It was lovely to get wakened by the girls early next day before school and be with them I miss them so much and had not seen them since March. We had some fun they have to find “Buddy ” the elf every day and that was fun and they are at the stage where life is so much fun.

Buddy a busy Elf xxx

The house is lovely with the trees and lights and the World of young girls at Christmas is fun. How I missed them both and they were so pleased that I am down to be with them for a few days. It is special time with special folk.

I spent the morning with the Media its hard going over the same story but you have to set the scene of what happened 30 years ago. I hope that the good of the Anniversary comes out the great team we had the vision of Colin Dorrance who set it all up and the incredible support. I tried to explain what a Lockerbie means to me the local people who looked after us and the kindness shown . The trip to the USA the relatives we met and the outpouring of kindness we were given. We met so many relatives of those who died in that week I have so many memories of these folk that helped heal some of the horrors we all saw in the Rescue Teams and other Agencies. There is some good has come out and the relationship of the University and legacy of the two scholarships annually for Lockerbie Academy students is one of them. The interviews will be on nearer the Anniversary on the 21 st of December.

After this it’s hard to go back to normality but once we picked up the girls from school life becomes normal again and the mind clears. It was a lovely day to be out and to see the Red kites again in the sky is b

Yesterday was My friend Joss Gosling’s funeral in Fort William sadly I missed it but was thinking about Joss and the family. Joss was one of the last survivors of the RAF Kinloss Mountain Rescue Team on the Lancaster Crash on Beinn Eighe in Torridon on the West Coast of Scotland in the winter of 1951. I got to know Joss so well and his family and my thoughts are with them all. I will visit when I get back xxx
The Lancaster propellor high on Beinn Eighe in Torridon it crashed in 1951 killing all the crew.
It’s a busy week ahead looking forward to time with the girls and having much needed fun.

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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