Remembering Donald Malcolm Campbell
Bluebird Tours and Bluebird
Some of our customers ask why we called our business bluebird-tours. Quite simply because we live in and our business is based in the wonderful village of Coniston in the Lake District we felt that the name Bluebird was so closely linked to the village. Through both Donald Campbell and before that his father Sir Malcolm Campbell. We felt it had to be an obvious choice. We do provide an insight on our Southern Lakes Tour into some of the world speed record attempts by Donald on Coniston Water and the sheer drive and determination to succeed that he showed in his life that no other name seemed to be appropriate.
The Speed Record Club has organised a series of events to celebrate the achievements of this legend who sadly died during his final attempt to push the world water speed record above the 300mph on Coniston Water. This series of commemorative events starts on the 4th January 2017 exactly 50 years after this tragic event. At exactly 08.49 hours on this date there will be a fly past by an RAF jet above Coniston Water (weather permitting). There will then be the annual remembrance gathering by the K7 Club at 11.00hrs at the memorial on Tilberthwaite Avenue in Coniston and then at the graveside in the cemetery.
On the 5th January between 13.30hrs and 17.00hrs at the Coniston Institute there will be a talk by Keith Hick about Donald. This will include a film entitled ‘How Long a Mile’ made by Donald Campbell. Also an audience with Campbell family members. There will be an admission charge for this event but tickets can be purchased in advance from the Coniston Newsagency.
On the 8th January there will be the dedication of the etched glass screen being presented by the Speed Record Club to the Parish Church of St Andrew in Coniston.