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Broken hearted Red Arrows
This was the shot that I tried to get a couple of years ago, but it never quite worked out, so I'm glad that the RAF Red Arrows decided to "give it a go" in memory of Flt. Lt. Jon Egging who was tragically killed when his Hawk trainer crashed the previous month.
I think this is a suitable tribute to the man, and his widow who took part in the race, and it brings together speed in the sky, fleet of foot on the ground, and the team ethos and spirit which encapsulates much of what the Great North Run is about. It's almost a family thing up here.
I just couldn't get this into the square format of the Polaroid template that I'd made for the others, and in retrospect I'm glad, I'd hate to split that relationship between the Great North Run and the Red Arrows.
This brings this long series to a conclusion and just about wraps up all of the fun and excitement that we've had in South Shields over the spring and summer months. I hope you enjoyed this story and a look at some of the "behind the scenes" views that you didn't find in your morning papers. I hope there was enough variety and a decent mix of colour, black and white, some offbeat, and some humour. Thanks for sticking with me during this long event.
I've now got the difficult job of deciding what to do next, and looking to see if I have anything left that might do for Silly Tuesday.
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