Tuesday 12 July 2011

Red Arrows and Tall Ships

Good Evening All,

We have had a wonderful day at Greenock, near Glasgow, watching the Red Arrows display and the Tall Ships leaving Greenock to sail up the west coast of Scotland, through the islands and on to Orkney and Shetland. Warning, this post is fairly photo heavy.

The display from the Red Arrows was awesome. The weather was a might chilly but it was worth the suffering to watch what must be the most daring display of aerobatics ever. Unfortunately, the batteries in my camera ran out before I got some pics of the red, white and blue vapour trails - pity because they were spectacular!

This is the Irish Warship, Orla, which has escorted the Tall Ships from Waterford in Ireland.

One of the tugs that put on a display of 'water waves'  to bid farewell to the Tall Ships as they left Greenock today.

One of the fabulous tall ships surrounded by small vessels that came to say goodbye.

The most spectacular ship of them all, Gloria - that really is the crew standing on the masts.

The crew, mostly teenagers who seem to be having the time of their life, all wear brightly coloured tops making a very colourful sight.

What started of as a chilly kind of day warmed up as the sun decided to come out and play too. The journey home took hours though because thousands of people came out and parked up along the coast for miles to watch the procession of ships sail down the Clyde and away.

Hope you enjoyed seeing my wee record of  a truly fantastic sight that I would not have missed for the world - even though it cost us £15 at the Park & Ride!

Off for a much needed brew now.


Julia Dunnit said...

Wonderful sights Elizabeth - we saw them coming into Sydney years ago when my folks lived in Aus...honestly a sight I've never forgotten. Glad the sun shone eventually, it helps!

Teresa said...

Fantastic Pictures Elizabeth, I have to say I love seeing the Red Arrows they used to fly by our house where we used to live quite often and it was an amazing sight. Hope you are well hugs Teresa xx

Angie said...

Wow ...those tall ships must have been glorious to see in real life.so glad you had a wonderful day.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

That is fantastic, thanks for sharing!
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coops said...

fantastic pics elizabeth.i love the ships.when we went on holiday last year my little boy was captivated by the sea and the boats :D

xx coops xx

CraftygasheadZo said...

Fab pics, Elizabeth, looks like you had a great day and witnessed a great display. Take care Zo x

Rachel Mims said...

Wow, you got some amazing ship photos!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Really Lovely here too Elizabeth..and we had the tall ships come into the harbour about 10 mins walk from where I live, from time to time and in bicentennial year had a whole fleet of them in the harbour have been over one of them the Replica of the Endeavour that Cook sailed out here on and it is simply amazing! thanks for sharing love Shaz in Oz.x