Misguided fly-by?

York Press: Misguided fly-by? Misguided fly-by?

LIKE many people in York, I went out on Sunday to cheer the Tour de France through the city.

I admired the good-humoured creativity of those who had decorated their streets in preparation for the event.

Le Tour is a fine example of peaceful international competition involving participants from all over the world.

There was but one jarring note: a fly-past by a Lancaster bomber accompanied by a Spitfire, both weapons of death and destruction, and relics of the last great world conflict which ended nearly 70 years ago, and which involved several countries as mutual enemies from which many participants of the Tour de France are now drawn.

I understand, though I do not share, the sentiment attached to these machines. I remember as a child accompanying an uncle to an air-show, where the sight of a passing Spitfire brought tears to his eyes.

However, in the context of the Tour de France in Yorkshire, this was inappropriate and struck the wrong chord in an otherwise perfect day.

Steve Cox, Ouse Lea, Shipton Road, York.

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11:21pm Tue 8 Jul 14

llortetagguh says...

Misguided indeed, "weapons of death and destruction". Perhaps we should have appeased the Nazis instead of using such "relics". If seeing two of the finest icons of WW2 is so upsetting then don't look and leave them to admired by the rest of us. What i find astonishing is that people still find cause for complaint on what was an incredible day for the city of York.
Misguided indeed, "weapons of death and destruction". Perhaps we should have appeased the Nazis instead of using such "relics". If seeing two of the finest icons of WW2 is so upsetting then don't look and leave them to admired by the rest of us. What i find astonishing is that people still find cause for complaint on what was an incredible day for the city of York. llortetagguh
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12:11pm Thu 10 Jul 14

C. Brown says...

I so totally disagree with Mr Cox. I am sure he is in the minority of people thinking the fly-past by the bomber has spoil the day. The flight was an incredible sight and brought a lot of joy to the crowds; it was wonderful to see these magnificent machines fly above our City. I am only 50, and didn't witness the horror of the war but I do appreciate the hard work and sacrifice made by thousands of men and women to keep our country and France free. I saw the planes as signs of hope ...not as signs of destruction. Christine, York
I so totally disagree with Mr Cox. I am sure he is in the minority of people thinking the fly-past by the bomber has spoil the day. The flight was an incredible sight and brought a lot of joy to the crowds; it was wonderful to see these magnificent machines fly above our City. I am only 50, and didn't witness the horror of the war but I do appreciate the hard work and sacrifice made by thousands of men and women to keep our country and France free. I saw the planes as signs of hope ...not as signs of destruction. Christine, York C. Brown
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10:31am Tue 15 Jul 14

Halifaxbomber says...

Brilliant fly past, a tribute to many fallen heroes
Brilliant fly past, a tribute to many fallen heroes Halifaxbomber
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