Westland Lynx Farewell Flypast – London – 17 March 2017

The Royal Navy is retiring its Westland Lynx helicopters at the end of March after 41 years of service, which included deployments for conflicts from the Falklands War through to the Gulf region. A farewell tour flypast of four Mk8 Lynx flew over a number of locations around the south of England associated with the type and included a route following the River Thames through London. They were accompanied at a distance by a new Agusta Westland Wildcat, the type which is replacing the Lynx.


March 4 Women – London City Hall – 5 March 2017

Organised by CARE International for International Women’s Day, the March 4 Women was preceded by an event in The Scoop adjacent to City Hall – home to London’s Mayor. Lively ‘warm-up’ act Morning Gloryville had everybody on their feet as the audience grew, including a conga and culminated in a form of primal scream! Once seated the now packed crowd listened intently to speeches from Helen Pankhurst (great-granddaughter of Emmeline), Bianca Jagger, Sadiq Khan and Annie Lennox, and enjoyed performances from Emeli Sande, and Beth Orton with Billy Bragg.

Radio 1 DJ Gemma Cairney then led interviews with a number of guests including young Syrian refugee and activist Muzoon Almellehan.

The finale to the event in The Scoop was an arrangement of Otis Redding’s ‘Respect’ by composer David Arnold and backed by ‘Bond’ and a choir, with singers Melanie C, VV Brown, Kate Nash, Preeya Kalidas and Natasha Bedingfield.

Everyone then gathered in front of City Hall for the march, which took a route across Tower Bridge to the Tower of London concourse – via a pretty violent rainstorm.


The London Marathon – Tower Hill – 24 April 2016

First run on 29 March 1981, the 36th Marathon saw the 38000 elite, club and fun runners racing passed the iconic London locations such as the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and Buckingham Palace, before finishing in The Mall. Kipchoge won the men’s race and Sumgong the women’s . 2016 saw the one millionth competitor crossing the finish line, amongst the masses of public ballot runners – many in costume and a great number raising vast sums for charity. President Obama passed overhead at one point in ‘Marine One’ transiting from Windsor to Stansted Airport before departing for Germany in ‘Air Force One’.