Southsea and Portsmouth were hugely important to the planning and execution of the allied invasion of Normandy on 6th June 1944. Today, at 2.00pm, The Red Arrows performed a memorial display over Southsea to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings.
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I’d heard on the lunchtime news about the scheduled Red Arrow display that was due to start in twenty minutes, and I was bemoaning the fact that I’d never make it to Southsea in time. That was, until it dawned on me that if I headed due west for about half a mile, I’d have the best seat in the house – right here on sunny Hayling Island! So I grabbed my camera and pedalled like a maniac towards the boardsailing area where I knew I’d be treated to a decent view. My trusty steed (above) got me to the beach with a few minutes to spare, so I checked the exposure and a few angles and waited for the show to begin…
The view I had was fantastic, with the Isle Of Wight and Solent providing a wonderful backdrop.
I never fail to be impressed by The Red Arrows, their skill and timing are remarkable, as are the shapes they create in the skies…
Photographs Shot On Nikon D3s
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Harvey Mills is an award-winning professional photographer, whose portfolio is as diverse as it is extensive. Although a Winchester photographer he works across the UK and beyond, undertaking a variety of commissions, projects and assignments.