Andrew Sassoli-Walker did a Facebook post the other day lamenting the recent non-appearance of the Red Arrows over Southampton because of bad weather. I read it and nodded to myself, thinking that this was obviously a regular occurrence. Most recently, I thought, with the P&O Grand Event, when we were due to see not just the Red Arrows but also (if rumour was correct), the Battle of Britain flight as well. “How long ago was that?”, I mused to myself; and then realised that it would be three years ago today (3 July).
So here are some images of what did happen. There was rain; there were seven ships; there was even more rain; there was the Princess Royal, though I didn’t see her; and despite everything, it was an event. But there wasn’t the Red Arrows…
What made it especially frustrating was that a couple of days later, the weather was like this….
What were other people’s memories of the Grand Event?