The plucky matelots had lost some of their grit and coordination as you might expect after what they had been through and their craft were the worse for wear, as you can see from my photo, but they were determined to put on a good show for the good people of Etherow.
The Raleigh-class destroyer was commissioned by the former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne, who insisted that it be powered by renewable energy, as you can see. Chancellor, George Osborne, also insisted that it be cheap.
In any event, the sun shone (intermittently) and there was no immediate threat of rain as the flotilla passed to much cheering, flag waving, none of which where branded by Hello! magazine as they were yesterday, I’m pleased to say.
Neither were there any sign of the army of BBC radio and tv reporters on hand pumping out their endless stream of inane comments and endless interviewers with anyone who seemed to be remotely ‘enjoying the spectacle’.
They’re lighting a beacon over at Hartshead Pike tonight and I had thought about taking my camera to record that event as well, but I think I’ve had enough excitement for one day.