The last time we went I think Thomas was about 2 years old. I spent most of my time chasing him around the grass and my memory isn't what it used to be so I can't recall if this was here or not, but it didn't ring any bells.
It was absolutely packed. There were dedicated plane spotters with cameras, binoculars and airband radios, groups/clubs and families with children just enjoying a day out.
The viewing platforms are excellent for a bit of plane spotting. I knew our National Trust binoculars would come in handy one day.
It really is a fantastic place to watch the planes. You can see them taxi down the runway for take off.
And land back safely on terra firma, all within easy viewing distance.
There are also planes that you can go on to have a look around, which is interesting although I have to say they seemed a bit rickety compared to today's models and I was glad money was tight when I was a girl and we spent our holidays in the UK.
Dad worked at Hawker Siddleley Aviation in Chadderton when I was little, I think in the design/technical department. In it's hey day the company employed around 11,000 people. Mark's Mum also worked there on the cleaning team and it's strange to think their paths may have crossed without them knowing it and that their children would end up getting married.
Reading this made me smile. Who needs a car when you can fly an aeroplane although I hope it was because he didn't bother taking his driving test rather than being unable to pass!
We decided to book ourselves on the Concorde Tour and while we were waiting Thomas went in the park and me and Mark sat in the Concorde Cafe warming up with a coffee and hot chocolate watching him.
At 1.30pm it was time for the tour. I don't say this very often because it doesn't really bother me, but several toddlers were also part of the group and they made it quite plain that they didn't want to stand or sit still, making it difficult to fully hear what was being said.
Never mind, we got the gist and what we did hear was really interesting.
Nearly every member of the Royal Family have flown on Concorde. It can fly from UK to USA in just over 3 hours. The luggage hold is very small so it was strictly one case per person and no, you couldn't pay excess (no good for the WAGS of today). The little tables were set with linen, silverware and cut crystal glasses for every meal. Every year they spent around £3,000 replacing 'souvenirs' people had taken off the flight with them.
Compared to the £7,000 per ticket it cost when the plane was de-commissioned in 2003, our £5 ticket that we each had to buy was a snip - even with the screaming toddlers. So, we can now say we've been on Concorde, omitting the fact that it wasn't actually flying!
And just to let you all know, that I'm slowing down on the blogging front for a while. Rather than posting every day I've decided to have three dedicated blogging days, Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays. I'm hoping you'll still visit to see what's going on here at Number 38 as there's always something or other to report.