Christmas at Mottisfont.

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A pre-Christmas stroll around Mottisfont Abbey and country estate near Romsey in Hampshire. Set in grounds sheltered in the valley of the River Test, the property is now managed by the National Trust. Like many National Trust properties Mottisfont is decorated for the visitor at this time of year.

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2018 is the 100th Anniversary of the forming of the Royal Air Force. The Battle of Britain Memorial is a monument to aircrew who flew in the Battle of Britain.

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The memorial is situated at Capel-le-Ferne near Folkestone on the White Cliffs of Dover,

The memorial is in the form of a large propeller-shaped base, with the figure of a seated pilot carved by Harry Gray sitting at the centre.

There is also a Memorial Wall which is engraved with the names of all those who took part in The Battle of Britain and were awarded the Battle of Britain Clasp.  the battle that took place between July and October 1940.

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At the rear of the site near the visitors’ centre are replica’s of the Spitfire and Hurricane.

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The day the planes fell.

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Links to a farming past.

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Like any British Town a memorial to WW1.

On this day of the anniversary of the destruction of the World Trade centre in New York on 11th September 2001, we passed through the Scottish Town of Lockerbie. We took a moment to remember that this town also has a link to terrorism.

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It lies approximately 75 miles from Glasgow.  The town came to international attention on 21 December 1988 when the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 fell from the sky onto parts of the town following being ripped apart by a terrorist bomb. 243 passengers and 16 crew on board were killed, along will 11 people on the ground.

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Bremont Great War Display Team – on route from Lee on Solent to Bournemouth Air Show (Sunday 2nd September 2018).

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At about 13.00hrs today these planes took off and flew off down the Solent towards Bournemouth. It is quite amazing this is the same spot we watched the RAF Red Arrows fly past a few weeks ago how aviation has changed in the last 100 years.

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