As so often in the past, the 2015 running of the Children in Need charity show was unfairly hit by bad weather, with a portion of the show lost to rain and low cloud. It also suffered a number of cancellations, including a final chance to see Vulcan XH558 in this picturesque setting. Even so, the small team managed to serve up a highly enjoyable show raising welcome funds for Pudsey.
Some images illustrating a small selection of what was on offer from this highly entertaining family oriented event. The small air display section never fails to impress, helped by the intimate atmosphere. Undoubted highlight was recently restored Spitfire V EE602 flown by Pete Kynsey out of Biggin Hill.
For the first time in the UK the ‘Color Run’ took place at night. Featuring illuminated ‘Color Zones’, magical bubble zones, a blacklight zone and glow in the dark ‘Color Throws’, thousands of runners joined the ‘happiest 5k on the Planet’. Circling the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park the runners started in groups from 8pm. At the finish zone further explosions of colour (or ‘color’ – the event is a US brand) and music met the runners. Cash raised from the event went to the NSPCC charity.
Whitehall was brought to a standstill in a protest against ‘uneven’ taxi regulation in London as drivers and their families came out in force near Downing Street, with roads gridlocked and eventually temporarily closed by police.
The protest, the second of its kind since July, was held because London’s black cab drivers believe Transport for London (TfL) are enforcing ‘uneven regulation’ in the taxi and private hire trade.