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Friday, 25 July 2014

Fans in tribute to world speed ace Donald Campbell

THE 45th anniversary of the death of daredevil speed ace Donald Campbell was marked with a service in the Lake District.

He died aged 46 on January 4, 1967, when his attempt to break his own world water speed record aboard the iconic Bluebird K7 vessel went wrong on Coniston Water.

Members of the K7 Club, an enthusiast group, and a handful of others met at the Campbell Memorial in Coniston for a brief service.

They then made the short walk to Campbell’s grave, which was dug in 2001 following thediscovery of Bluebird’s wreckage, and read the K7 prayer.

Chris Barker, K7 club treasurer, of Fleetwood, said: “His ethos, British bulldog spirit and his pride in this country goes on and is still carried forward with the K7 Club and Coniston Power Boats Record Week.

“He is as revered now as much as he has always been.”

Richard Solomon, club vice-president, of Kendal, said the group all grew up idolising the water speed exploits of Campbell’s dad, Sir Malcolm.

Mike Trigg Angelsey, club chairman, of Angelsey, Wales, also attended, along with Vicky Slowe, curator at Coniston’s Ruskin Museum, which will eventually house the restored Bluebird K7.

Robbie Robinson, club president, of Coniston, was part of Campbell’s support crew and the first on the scene of the crash.

He said: “I knew him since knee-high to a grasshopper. I had to call him Mr Campbell, and he called me boy.”

Have your say

Its amazing to think its 45 years since that fateful day. I was only a young lad but remember well seeing the news coverage.
Donald Campbell has always been - and will remain - a true Brit who died doing what he believed in ... breaking records for this country.
A true hero ... we could do with a Donald Campbell today.

RIP to The Skipper.

I can't wait to be on the Coniston shore to see Bluebird skimming Across The Lake again - it should prove to be an immensely exciting and moving experience.

Posted by K7 Fan on 6 January 2012 at 11:33

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