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Heugh Gun Battery, Hartlepool - April 8th

I had a nice day out at Heugh Battery in Hartlepool today. It was the first show of the season and a rather chilly 18 mile drive to the coast. It was quite overcast when I set off, but the sky cleared and in the sheltered gun battery compound, quite warm, despite the sea breeze. Andy saved me a spot and it was nice to see his Jeep at its first public event, with the paint on the new markings barely dry! It is painted up in 9th Air Force, 422nd Night Fighter Squadron markings, which for a time were based locally at RAF Scorton.





The vehicle turn out wasn't as big as last year, but I know some local vehicles have been sold and others are up for sale. This and perhaps the current financial situation restricted numbers. I got there in good time and for once wasn't squeezed in by the entrance gate.





Most of the other vehicles attending were Jeeps, with one Dodge, a couple of bikes, a Kubelwagon and a Landrover 101 Forward Control truck. There were several diorama displays up on the grass around the gun emplacements that took the full chill of the sea breeze. In the battery magazine store were some of the museum displays including a shell hoist and a replica World War 1 trench.





The event was to end at 4pm and the dioramas started to pack up from about 3:30. Andy and I got a few more pictures before heading home in opposite directions.





On my way home, I dropped in to the garden centre at Shotton Colliery to see the Durham Angel, a sculpture by a lake. We plan to visit the garden centre sometime, but as I was passing, I thought I'd take a look at the angel. I think I had a bit too much fresh air and I was quite tired by the time I got home and I think I caught the sun a bit.