Monday, 25 June 2012

Men in Uniform

Good evening

Why think of a snappy title when 'Men in Uniform' is bound to attract some extras via Google search ;) Amazing what brings people to this little blog sometimes!!

Anyhow - these men - 653 Squadron Army Air Corps - given the Freedom of the town of Aldeburgh on Saturday - lots of pomp and ceremony and helicopters - after all these guys (and girls) are responsible for the Apache helicopters and have seen rather alot of active service in the past few years. They've a good association with the town and this honour was well deserved;

 A parade through the town accompanied by the band of Parachute Regiment

 Playing on the seafront alongside the historic Moot Hall

 The Squadron mascot - an American Bald Eagle - he so wanted to be able to chase those pesky seagulls away - you could hear them taunting him - if only he could have escaped and taught them a lesson!!

 A flypast by 3 Apache helicopters 

 Our little band was asked to play at the nearby sports fields - whilst the soldiers and great & good enjoyed a drink or two and lots of free food.

One of the Apache landed and the crew spent ages talking to everyone about this wonderful piece of equipment. This is it just as it was preparing to take off - its just not possible to get pictures as it starts to hover - the force is amazing.

At any one time somewhere in blogland there is a giveaway - I've entered plenty and been lucky enough to win a few. Now two have appeared in my feed today and I'd been thrilled to win either of them - such lovely pressies on off - almost so nice I don't want to share the links with you but of course I couldn't do that.

The first one over a Kazzy's Country Rabbit blog;

and the other is over here at my fellow caravan fan Lavender Attic's blog;

Once I've added these to my sidebar, I shall be going over to visit both and put my name on the lists - fingers crossed hey ;)

It was a good day here today in the VV house - big son sat his final GCSE exam - all over now till the results at the end of August and then hopefully he can sign up for the courses he wants to do in the 6th form. I know others have Y11 aged children - I hope their exams have gone well and it almost all over for you too.

The next point of focus for him is the Prom next week - he's all kitted out and trust me, he scrubs up rather well - I promise to take lots of photos ;)

See you soon

xxx Vicki xxx


Lisa said...

I bet there would be a fair few less seagulls in Norfolk had the bald eagle been let lose!
Lisa x

Anonymous said...

Hi Vicki! My husband was a man in uniform when I met him and I have been to quite a few parades and they are always great fun and you can be guaranteed good music. Must have been exciting to see those massive helicopters close up. Kx

Thedarkerside73 said...

Let that bald eagle at 'em! Sounds like a lovely event.

There is a lot going on at your house. Well done to your big son for his last exam. And wow prom nights. Oh lord I have all this to come and I have two girls. Better start saving now! lol.

P x

Donna -Little Tiny Stitches said...

Aaaw Vicki..."All over now...." re: big son and school...
Goes quick from when they first started school doesn't it?
Gems' last day is on Thursday, when they have a 'big breakfast' at school, then on Thursday night it's prom time!
Will take some photos to show you my dear. I'm looking forward to seeing yours!

Those helicopters look amazing. Hat's off to those men and women, and the band! ;o)

Have a great week my dear, and take care.

Josie-Mary said...

Glad to see so many people turning out for the parade :) We had one in Exeter a few months ago..... it made me feel really proud x

Deborah said...

Great photos sweetie, fingers crossed for exam results :)

Bee happy x
Have a delicious day!

Deborah said...

Great photos sweetie, fingers crossed for exam results :)

Bee happy x
Have a delicious day!

♥ emma bear forever ♥ said...

Lovely photographs as always. My son has just finished his last Alevel exam and has his college prom on Friday. I have been told that I can NOT post pics! Pah.

Unknown said...

What a lovely post looks like it was a great day your photo's are fab especialy of the 3 plaines in the sky great shot ;-) Glad all the exams are over for your son now look forward to seeing the prom photos how excitig ;-) dee xx

Vix said...

What a fab event that looked, the eagle looks magnificent! x

Sheila said...

A very good post for a very good reason!
Im sure it was a really good day, what fun!

Crafty in the Med said...

There is something about men in least thats what I think..and there's something about hearing the sound of a good march. These lads look splendid in their uniforms and to top it all the reason behind it all...makes one feel proud!

Great post Vicki and it looks as if it was a great day.

Amanda :-)