Not quite the most inventive title in the world but it sums up my opinion quite well.
On Sunday (29th June), we took a trip up to the north coast as the Legenderry Maritime Festival was coming to an end, the clipper yachts were leaving to begin their epic journey around Scotland down to Holland, and the Red Arrows were performing a full display. Plus I needed an excuse to go out and enjoy the sunshine so that was as good as any!
When we left Belfast there were dark grey skies so we nearly turned back but only 90 minutes up the road and the sky was clear and bright blue.
After driving to Benone Beach / Strand we changed our mind at the last minute and drove up Binevenagh Mountain (along with a few hundred other cars unfortunately) for a different view as I had always watched the show from sea level. We parked, pulled out the blanket and sat on the grass awaiting the show.
The Red Arrows appeared with their usual amazing fly-past, all 9 planes with smoke on full (pictured) before starting the new patterns for their 50th Anniversary year. Fantastic routine and plenty of action even from so far away. During the show one of the Hawk planes came flying right over our heads and the noise was immense, before re-grouping to draw a big heart in the sky.
I got a few photos (more like a few hundred) and the Red Arrows disappeared over my shoulder and into the distance.
After watching the Red Arrows perform about 20 times in various locations they have always put on a truly fantastic show and I can genuinely say that from the moment every show starts until it ends, the hairs on my neck are standing up. You need to be there in person to witness 9 planes fly overhead with their smoke on, or planes coming within 12 feet of each other right above your head!
Thankfully they will be displaying twice more over the next few months and I will be there with bells on and armed with my cameras once more! Roll on August!