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The Red Arrows are coming to Sidmouth.

On the 25th August 2017, Sidmouth was visited by some of the RAF’s finest. As part of Sidmouths’ Regatta weekend the famous Red Arrows display team returned to give a nail-biting display of high-octane aerobatics. They were due to arrive around 6:30 (well let’s face it, this was the RAF, not me meeting my friends in the pub so we expected them at exactly 6:30; ) they did not disappoint, the show was an extravaganza not to be missed.

For the first time, the Town Council also booked a warm up act; and what an act it was. To commemorate the Battle of Britain at 5:50 there was a display by some of the icons of World War II. Known as the BBMF (Battle of Britain Memorial Flight); the team flew two Spitfires and a Lancaster Bomber.

Although perhaps the most famous fighter plan of the war, Spitfires were fewer in number than other aircraft, including the Hurricane; however due to their speed and manoeuvrability the spitfire achieved a greater victory-to-loss ratio and became a hero in it’s own right, with pilots achieving equal status to movie stars and musicians of the day. The spitfire’s main job was to protect the bombers on their raids across the channel, but was also used (according to Wikipedia) for photo-recon.

Also, they just look pretty cool and one can imagine the fear of an incoming raid abated as the Spitfire flew into view overhead. People would come out of their houses to watch the dog-fights; it’s no wonder it has lived on throughout the years.

It is set to be a great start to the bank holiday weekend and the Sidmouth Regatta will also see a selection of sea based activities, music and a spectacular fireworks display. Sunday also has a range of family activities with rainy contingencies in place for the drawing and fancy dress competitions.

So come for the Arrows, stay for the nautical adventures and finish your summer holidays on a high, remember; ‘Winter is Coming’.

Ronald Coles lived in Sidmouth at 22 All Saints Road. Joined the R.A.F in the war. Met and married a girl from Huddersfeield, where they then settled. Married at Sidmouth Parish Church, they came to Devon every year.

Ronald Coles died in May 2017, ages 93.

Does anyone know the names of the other three young men seen here with Ronald Coles(Second From left)?

If so please get in touch.

Images and information courtesy of Julienne Atkinson.

Two boys at the back of 22 All Saints Road: Ronald Coles and Frank Braisbury. Very smart in school uniforms.
Sidmouth Prom, Ronald Coles by the boat.
Two boys walking: No.1 Eric Harding and No2 Ronald Coles.
Three Boys Stood. No1 Frank Braisbury, No.2 Eric Harding, No.3 Ronald Coles
Are you the Sidmouth Mystery Shopper?

Barbara and Thomas Gliddon were astounded when for a week in April they received daily deliveries of food to their home on Winslade Road.

Are you the Sidmouth Mystery Shopper?

Filled with a variety of items from hot sausage rolls and pasties to tins of beans and condensed milk, the Gliddon's were flummoxed as to where the carrier bags filled with food were coming from, saying to the Sidmouth Herald "We have no idea who this is. We don’t know where they’re coming from or why they’d do it. The deliveries are coming at any time of day."

With the mystery shopper resuming deliveries in the second weekend of June, the only sighting is of an older man. It is believed that the mystery shopper is someone with dementia who remembers delivering food to the address in his youth.

A receipt with every delivery, the mystery shopper has been buying items throughout Sidmouth, including Lidl, Co-op and Shauls Bakery. "He’s been all over town and he’s even paying for plastic bags!"

With the deliveries reported to the police, the Gliddons said "They’re looking at the receipts to try to work out who it is. I spoke to the neighbours and one saw an old boy go away but wasn’t really sure; says he went down the road. He could have gone anywhere."

“One time we got seven big bags of potatoes. The police said we could eat them.”

The mysterious shopper has also delivered good to the Gliddon's next-door neighbour. The tinned goods received have been donated to the Sid Valley Food Bank.

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