Well, there’s something you don’t see every day! At around 1:10pm on Saturday 6th September 2014, we heard a helicopter flying extremely low over the house.
At first we thought it was the police helicopter, which is sadly not unusual in this area. But it soon became clear that this was much lower than that ever was.
I went into the garden to see what was going on just as it swung around over the house, probably no more than 80 to 100 feet above the rooftops.
It was clear with the naked eye that it was the air ambulance, and seconds later it was evident that it was looking to land on some open ground just the other side of our local shops. As I love helicopters, I grabbed my camera and went to have a look.
By the time I got there, it had already landed and shut down. As you can imagine, a small crowd had gathered at the shops and on the open ground to see what was going on. Not surprising, as it’s not every day you have a helicopter land virtually in your back yard! A few minutes later the police arrived.
As it turned out, the air ambulance didn’t actually take anyone away. About 10 or 15 minutes before it took off, I saw a standard ambulance leaving the scene with lights flashing but no siren.
So what had happened and why was it called? At the moment, I have no idea. I’ve heard a few rumours, but that’s not what I was there for. I went purely to see the helicopter in action, though obviously I hope the injured person is okay.