Gazelle 50th Commemorative Fly-in – Middle Wallop, Hampshire – 8 April 2017

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Aerospatiale Gazelle helicopter a fly-in took place at the home of the Army Air Corps – who have used the Gazelle since 1974. The Gazelle first flew on 7th April 1967. Production continued until 1996 with around 1775 built, many of which are still in service today – including with the British and French military who sent examples to the event. Many civilian operators also brought examples, and aircraft associated with the type’s role also attended.

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‘Poppies:Wave’ opened on Barge Pier – Shoeburyness, Essex – 11 April 2017

‘Poppies: Wave’ is one of two sections of the ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ art installation originally displayed at the Tower of London in 2014 which is being taken on tour around the UK. The artist of the work – Paul Cummins – opened the Wave section today on Barge Pier in Shoeburyness, Essex, within view of Southend and its longer pier. Barge Pier – formally Garrison Pier – is on the MoD-owned foreshore close to Gunners Park which has Great War history. The Shoebury Garrison was a training school for the Royal Garrison Artillery and the Royal Field Artillery, where new weapons were tested – work which continues today. Poppies: Wave will be on view to the public until 25 June 2017. Barge Pier itself is classified as an unsafe structure so will not be accessible, but viewing structures have been erected to allow raised viewing above the seawalls. Parking is available near to the Coastguard station, with a sign-posted walk.

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Celebrity Charity Football Match – Pitsea, Essex – 9 April 2017

A celebrity football match was held at the Bowers and Pitsea Football Club ground , Essex, hosted by United for Charity to raise funds for St. Luke’s, a local hospice. Ex West Ham and Spurs players were joined by stars from reality TV programmes such as Love Island, X-Factor, The Voice, Big Brother, The Apprentice, Britain’s Got Talent, Take Me Out and the soaps. Other actors and singers also took part. The celebrity team in blue lost 10-2, with actor Darren Luckin bundling over for their first goal and ex West Ham player Bertie Brayley scoring direct from the second half kick-off in three seconds, catching the keeper unawares. Prominent players amongst the celebrities included Che Chesterman (X Factor), Scott Robinson from 5ive, Danny Wisker (Big Brother), Jamie Reed (TOWIE), Harry Berry (Take Me Out), Sen Monro (actor), Ryan Green (The Voice), actor Tony Pasqua, rugby player George Kay (married to Kerry Katona) and Paul Manners (BGT) – briefly in goal and then running the line.

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University Boat Race – Barnes, London – 2 April 2017

The Cambridge v Oxford University Boat Race takes place on the River Thames in London between Putney and Mortlake. 2017 saw the 163rd men’s race and 72nd women’s race. As well as the main races there are two reserve team races, one men’s and one women’s. In all cases Oxford wear dark blue and Cambridge light blue. These images show the teams passing around the Surrey Bend and into Chiswick Reach. Race order was Women’s main, Women’s reserve, Men’s reserve and Men’s main race.

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