Summer Walk No 4 - Great North Fly In, Eshott Airfield, Sunday 16th June 2013.

The Morpeth Camera Club Summer Walks Programme continued on Sunday 16th June 2013, with a visit to the
"Great North Fly In", an aviation event held at Eshott Airfield. Situated just north of Morpeth, off the A1 trunk
road at Bockenfield, this former WW2 Spitfire base is now the home of local flying enthusiasts and caters for
Micro lights and other small light aircraft.
Flying from Eshott started in November 1942 when the airfield was developed as a training facility for Spitfire
Aircraft; at this time some 2000 people were accommodated on the site. Over the years most of the war-time
facilities have been removed but the original runways remain and for the last fifteen years have been used for
recreational flying. Each year, with the permission of the owner Storm Smith, the airfield hosts the "Great North
Fly In", a charity event in aid of Help for Heroes, The Royal British Legion, Fallen Fusiliers and Project Mobility.
The idea behind the Camera Club visit was to give members the opportunity to try and photograph something
a bit different and with visiting aircraft landing & taking off throughout the day there was plenty to chose from.
Light aircraft, Micro Lights, Powered Hang Gliders, Gliders, etc were on display with easy access and without
the restrictions of barriers or fences some close up images were possible. Displays of old cars & vehicles from
the American Car club, the Mini Owners Club & Sunderland Vehicle Preservation Society, a working Hovercraft,
and statitic displays by the Large Model Aircraft Association, all added to the event which is designed to be very
informal. The weather stayed fine and a good turnout by sixteen camera club members should produce some
interesting images of our visit.
                                                    Davy Bolam.