3rd Annual Baird of Bute Festival 2012
Was a Great Success !!!!
Picture by Michael Russell MSP
The Day began in the morning at the Baird Airstrip Kingarth where aircraft from all over Scotland assembled for the Baird Festival and presentation of the first annual Baird of Bute Society Scottish Aviation Award
All other photos are by Bute photographers Zak and John Williams
The Baird Aviation Award and its unique trophy was presented to Scott Grier OBE, Chairman of Loganair, on this their 50th year as Scotland's airline, by Baird Society Chairman Chris Markwell and Argyll & Bute Provost Isobel Strong.
There was lots to do for adults and children alike as gliders were flown, aircraft and pilots visietd and food enjoyed at the bbq by the Kingarth Hotel while a piper played.
Pipers were again to the fore as the programme moved. in the afternoon, to Ettrick Bay beach
Royal Navy Gannett Search and Rescue from Prestwick again this year performed a display over the bay; though this year amazing the hundreds by landing in the field beside the Tearoom. Visitors got an up close look at the Sea King helicopter and the crew stayed for several hours taking part in the ceremonies.
The Gannett crew presented Scott Grier with an autographed limited edition print depicting the Sea King in operation
As 2012 marked the 150th anniversary of the birth of Andrew Baird, Scott Grier and Michael Russell MSP and Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Education laid a wreath at Baird's Centennary Monument at Ettrick Bay
The hunderds of vistors were again entertained as all of the aircraft from Baird Airstrip exited Bute by passing one by one over the beach where 102 years earlier Andrew Baird had performed his First All Scottish Heavier-than-air Powered Flight
The final two pilots, Dr Neil Geddes and Dai Heather-Hayes, each world-renowned aerobatic pilots, performed breathtaking displays over the bay
Baird of Bute Festival 2012 ended as the Sea King helicopter and its crew dramatically rose from the field by the bay to the appreciative applause of the crowd
See you again at the Baird of Bute Festival 2013