My wife and I went to Lincolnshire for the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Members Celebration which I have to say was not quite the select event I had imagined when getting tickets.

We stayed at a hotel in Woodhall Spa which is always nice as it was where the Dam Busters were based during the war and has a memorial to them in the high road.

Having filled the car before the real panic buying of petrol we decided to take a chance hoping that we could fill up whilst away and have enough to get home which we managed quite easily as there was nowhere near the panic up north than down south.

The BBMF is based at RAF Coningsby and when we arrived the next day there was a queue a mile long waiting to get into the base but as we had come quite a distance we thought we had better give it a go and see how things went.

I should have realised when reading the information about bringing your own chairs that the enclosure was not going to be a small selective bunch of people and in fact was just a fenced off area full of people, most of whom seemed as if they had dressed for a day on the beach so my wife and I looked a tad over dressed.

The day though started well with the Lancaster bomber starting up and taking off and disappearing into the distance and even better coming back some time later flying over our enclosure when landing, at this time we had no idea where it went during its flight.

Having sat there for some hours with absolutely nothing happening we decided to leave and drove to Sywell Aerodrome where we knew there was an event called Pistons and Props taking place and found a parking place in the Aviator Hotel car park.

The Aviator Hotel is a wonderful Art Deco building and one of our favourite places to stay so we headed to the bar and got a sandwich and a drink when all of a sudden the distinctive sound of a Merlin engine was heard and on dashing outside there was a rather good air display taking place and putting two and two together we realised where the planes from BBMF were going when they took off from RAF Coningsby.

We did say before the Spitfire arrived that next year we should stay at the Aviator Hotel and go to the Pistons and Props event but once you throw the free air show into the mix as well, it’s a no brainer as they say.

When we left we got enough petrol to get home as the situation up north was still fairly good with no real queues and arrived home with nearly a quarter of a tank which doesn’t go very far in a Bentley Arnage so I think we will be curtailing any unnecessary driving until everyone stops panic buying and we get back to normal.


About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin

I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work due to losing my agent when I became a full time carer to my mother who had dementia. and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent. Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work. I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise. I spent many years looking after my aged mother and shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013. My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie. I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes. I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage. My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse. I have written a number of different books all available on Amazon, so don't be shy should you feel the urge to purchase.
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  1. Such events would be great if it wasn’t for all the pesky tourists!

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