GALLERY: Readers’ pictures – May 2014

A MOMENTOUS moment in Shoreham Harbour was captured by two readers in May.

Dick Smith and Cyril Crouch watched the MV Independent depart, having been under arrest for 16 months.

Cyril Crouch was surprised to see the departure of the MV Independent

Cyril Crouch was surprised to see the departure of the MV Independent

Mr Smith said: “The Independent, which had been languishing in Shoreham Harbour, has finally departed, being towed by the tug Barracuda, bound for Ghent, and no doubt the breaker’s torch.”

Mr Crouch said he happened to be on the Western Arm of Shoreham Harbour at the time.

“I was surprised to see the departure of the MV Independent that had been pounded in the harbour for months.

“On the midday high tide, the Ocean Tug Barracuda was towing the MV Independent out of Shoreham Harbour for the last time.

“I thought as this vessel was in the port for such a long time, the Herald and local people might be interested in this event.”

Another historic moment at the harbour was witnessed by Craig Searle​, who sent in a series of pictures that he took of the ending of the Monarch Way walk with Trevor Antill’s boots.

And keeping with the historic theme, Mike Wooldridge, of Riverbank, took an interesting memorial flight over Shoreham.

He captured a fantastic aerial shot, taken from the front cockpit of the Tiger Moth Spirit of Pashley as it climbed out from the south east runway of Shoreham Airport on May 19.

“Runway is the correct term,” he said, “but is rather a grand name for something defined mainly by the way the grass is cut!

“It was a flight full of memories, as it was the great Cecil Pashley who taught me, a 17-year-old RAF cadet, to fly back in 1960.

“There were no runways then, few other Shoreham aeroplanes, and no radio or intercom (you throttled back and shouted down the speaking tube).

“But today, G-AMNN has a new engine (only five hours old) and is owned by an organisation that seems to specialise in nostalgic biplanes, and has enthusiastic instructors - so the Spirit of Pashley is indeed living on.”

Mr Wooldridge also sent in a picture of snails, saying ‘poor things don’t normally get much press coverage’.

His photo shows some 46 snails enjoying themselves on Alexander plants by the Riverbank, taken on May 28.

“For some reason, we get thousands of snails, which are especially in evidence when the footpath is wet,” he said.

“Indeed, it’s difficult not to walk on them. Are there any malacologists (yes, I’d never seen the word until five minutes ago) out there who can explain what makes the locality so attractive to snails?