Tuesday, August 14, 2018


World famous RAF display team The Red Arrows flew over Brigg on Saturday afternoon (August 11, 2018).
Were you lucky enough to see, or hear, the jets - based at RAF Scampton?
Presumably they were on their way to perform at a display.
The planes seemed to be heading towards Grimsby.
We didn't manage to get our camera in hand to record them in the skies over Brigg during this unexpected visit, but above is a picture we took earlier this summer during a Saturday afternoon RAF-related event we attended near London.
Interestingly, the weekend saw the 100th anniversary of the birth of another very famous pilot who served at RAF Scampton.
Flying a Lancaster, Wing Commander Guy Gibson VC (Victoria Cross) famously led 617 Squadron's Dambuster Raid on Germany in 1943.
He was born on August 12, 1918 and died on another raid over enemy-held territory in September 1944.
Hopefully, there will be an opportunity to see a surviving Lancaster in the Brigg area on September 30 - weather and other conditions permitting.
The one from RAF Coningsby's Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is due to make a flypast, with the Spitfire and Hurricane, at the North Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Festival on Sunday, September 30.
This  event was originally scheduled for July 29 but had to be postponed because of forecast high winds prevailing at the former RAF Hibaldstow airfield.
Brigg Blog will post further details about this festival nearer the time.

Continuing our reference to RAF war heroes who served in Lincolnshire, Group Captain Leonard Cheshire VC, who flew on 103 missions, gave his name to scores of care homes across the UK and abroad, and came to the Brigg area to open one at New Barnetby in the 1960s.
Currently, planning permission is being sought from North Lincolnshire Council to change the use of Stonecroft House Care Home to a dwelling house, including demolition of an extension.
In a statement submitted to planners, the building is described as a vacant care home (Leonard Cheshire Care Home) "which was marketed without commercial interest prior to being purchased by the applicant, who wishes to restore it to its original use as a single dwelling house."
The original building is an attractive, Victorian brick-and-tile property, extended and altered to accommodate the needs of the care home. It has been vacant for approximately a year.
The proposed development will provide a 7-bedroom family home.
This application is now being considered by the council.

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