Last weekend saw the 2014 Moira Canal Festival, which celebrates and raises money for the restoration of the Ashby Canal, on the Derbyshire / Leicestershire border. I wrote about last year’s festival, which was a great show, and included a fly by from a Mark IX Spitfire. The 2014 event saw two air shows, one on Saturday and one on Sunday, both of which were fun, entertaining, and great to see aircraft performing at close range.
Saturday’s performance was one of aerobatics in a stunt biplane with the rather fetching registration of G-EWIZ. The aircraft, piloted by a Thomson Airways commercial pilot, flew over and around the festival area and performed various stunts whilst deploying smoke.
The show seemed to go down well with those watching it, and the warm sunshine and beautiful blue skies that formed the backdrop to the display certainly helped with the enjoyment of the spectacle.
When I returned on Sunday, I was heading to see some of the excellent morris dancing when we were all surprised by the arrival of a Dakota from the Battle of Britain Memorial Fleet, which came low over the buildings nearby and flew a couple of loops around the site, giving everyone an opportunity to see a fantastic aircraft. The Dakota, or Douglas C-47 as it was known in the US, was a military transport similar to the civilian DC-3 aircraft, which entered service in late 1941. The low fly by gave an opportunity to see the aircraft up close, although its surprise arrival meant that I did not quite get as many photos as I would have liked, but still managed a few.
Of course, the air shows at the 2014 Moira Canal Festival were only one of a number of forms of entertainment, including morris dancing, tightrope walking, various bands playing, military history displays, historic vehicles, and plenty of other activities to keep all of those watching busy. A thoroughly good weekend, and recommended for 2015.