Red Arrows G7 Display


Life in my little corner of Cornwall was badly disrupted last week as roads were closed and a cordon was erected around the unassuming village of Carbis Bay. An event known as the G7 summit was being held and with it hundreds of police were drafted in. I kept away from any of the hullabaloo spending time in my garden where there is always lots to do in the summer months. But on Saturday evening we heard that the legendary Red Arrows were going to be performing over Carbis Bay (the Celtic Sea) and we figured that a good viewpoint would be on the top of ‘our’ hill.

It seemed that thanks to social media other people had the same thought. There must have been over 100 people up there, some had even come with picnics. No-one was wearing a mask, but most people kept their distance from other groups. I’m not sure what the limit is on social gatherings, but it probably is 30. We all waited in anticipation the arrival of these elite airmen who were supposed to arrive at 19:40. But it was after 20:00 when an almighty roar caused everyone to look up as the nine aircraft flew overhead.

And then it was all eyes towards the bay as the team carried out a mesmerising display.



  1. beetleypete says:

    One of Julie’s friends lives in Carbis Bay, and she posted some mobile phone shots of the Red Arrows flying over her house. Your photos are much better of course.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      I used my camera with a fast lens and in sport mode, no time to make any changes.

  2. Wow! Astonishing, and I can well imagine the roar they made! Now you can enjoy the peace and quiet again.

    1. Heyjude says:

      There is nothing like that roar! And yes, it should be quieter, although there are a lot of tourists down here. I’m more than happy to stay at home and sort the garden out.

  3. Chloris says:

    Brilliant photos Jude, well done.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Chloris.

  4. BeckyB says:

    Fabulous to see although also rather ironic that they chose such a display when discussing climate change!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Ironic that there were so many cars, police vehicles, helicopters and flash jets in Cornwall too! Why couldn’t they have come down on a train and cycled to the venue? Only a mile or so from the nearest mainline station. Now that would have showed commitment. 😆

      1. BeckyB says:

        Exactly, the Queen did!

  5. Ann Mackay says:

    Great photos! The mosaic of images really suggests their movement/manoeuvres.

  6. What a display that must have been to have seen! Looks like you had perfect weather, too.

    1. Heyjude says:

      We did, miraculously, it had been foggy the previous two days!

  7. Cathy says:

    Gosh, it must have been wonderful to see them in real life! We saw them practising at their base in Lincolnshire one year, when we were at a nearby outdoor antique fair – without the coloured smoke though…

    Is the sculpture of the G7 leaders made from recycled materials near you too?

    1. Heyjude says:

      The sculpture is, but we couldn’t get to see it, not sure if it’s still there. We tend to avoid the coast at this time of year. It is a marvellous sculpture though.

      1. Cathy says:

        I heard about its creation on Radio 4 but haven’t actually seen a picture – must rectify that!

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