DOZY’S RAMBLES: Amazing weekend in store at the Shoreham Airshow

Mike Mendoza
Mike Mendoza

I mentioned last week about how excited I was about the Adur RiverFest and the dragon boat races, but I should of course have mentioned the Shoreham Airshow.

The airshow has almost become a way of life for Shorehamites.

The Vulcan at last year's Shoreham Airshow S35800H14

The Vulcan at last year's Shoreham Airshow S35800H14

Apart from the volume of traffic nothing with this show appears to worry locals.

Even the aircraft noise is exciting and brings back some pretty amazing memories of a bygone era, plus of course a slight look at the future as we see the Eurofighter soar into the skies above.

We must all marvel at the skill and dedication of the pilots who put on the very best show possible.

I should point out that this is probably the biggest charity airshow in the world, having donated over £2 million pounds to RAFA funds, and it is also in the top five airshows in the world.

Last week in the Herald we heard that the Avro Vulcan will be flying on both days of the show.

This is the last time that we will ever see this iconic bomber flying over our coast and it is of course an honour to see it at the Shoreham Airshow.

If you are going, I promise you an amazing day or weekend.

• Well done to the planning committee at Adur for not just nodding through the recent application from Basepoint with regard to the ‘Ropetackle’ names on the fascias.

The application was confusing to say the least, but it appears they (Basepoint) wanted the right to remove the Ropetackle name at some time, despite Basepoint saying they would not do that! Oh really?

If there is never an intention to remove the name, why put in the application?

The planning officers were confused, as were members of the committee.

Hopefully Basepoint will appreciate the strength of feeling within the community, even if it is only about a name.

• Great to see the new Lidl store along the A259 coming along so well.

I notice that the footings are now down and they seen to be steaming ahead for an opening before the end of the year.

This store will be a great asset to Shoreham.

It’s a perfect size, in a position that will never cause a problem, with plenty of parking and really good value. What more could we want?

As a company they really did their homework in order to get a site.

They worked hard to impress both the public and planners, all of which they did to perfection.

• It’s always good to write with some good news, especially when the person you are writing about has had a terrible start to life and overcomes all adversity.

Lily Putman, from Southwick, is only seven years old.

She was born with spina bifida, hydrocephalus, kidney and bladder problems, and she is also paralysed from the waist down.

To date Lily has undergone seven operations, one of which was major surgery that took more than eight hours to carry out.

Lily’s mum and brother worship her and encourage her to do whatever she wants in order to fulfil her dreams.

Lily’s bedroom is customised with hoists, and so on, for her, as she is wheelchair-bound.

It’s a major achievement for her to attend mainstream school.

One of Lily’s dreams is to be a ‘Princes’, as she loves Frozen.

This week this feisty, determined young lady enters her very first pageant in Barnham, where she hopes to realise her dream of becoming a ‘Princess’.

We wish her the very best of luck.

• I remember some time ago when I was a councillor, having to sit through a meeting where ‘trees’ were discussed for almost an hour.

It was almost the most boring hour of my life.

I certainly didn’t want to leave the meeting in order to ‘hug a tree’ – I think I wanted to kick one! So it was no surprise to me when I read a few days ago that a man in Crawley was fined £6,000 for chopping down five trees on his own property.

The breakdown of the fine was £2,500 for the chopping, costs of £3,325 and a victim surcharge of £120.

Can anyone explain to me who the victim is here?

What happened to a man’s home (and land) is his castle (and land).

Why shouldn’t he be able to fell a tree if he wanted to?

Answers please on a postcard.

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