We have had a week when Bournemouth has made the front page of all the UK national newspapers. First it was the floods. Running through the center of Bournemouth is Bourne stream, about 5 feet wide. On Thursday last we had 2 inches of rain in about 2 hours and the place was flooded. The stream overflowed its boundaries and became a lake. The promenade became a waterfall and Westover Road split, as gas pipes burst.
The next day everything was cleared after a remarkable work party and cleaned the streets. All was set for the Bournemouth Air show. Then the tragedy of the lost wing man of the Red Arrows. It seems that it was a bird strike that caused the loss of power. The pilot bravely flew his plane away from the village of Throop before crashing on the banks of the River Stour. He apparently ejected but at too low an altitude.