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Diana Jackson’s Centenary Tour ~ October Events!

I’m excited to announce that my events to celebrate three centenaries continue this October.

RNAS Calshot March 1913

The First Schneider Trophy Contest April 1913

The birth of Supermarine in Woolston Southampton October 1913

I will be talking about my novels and my unusual interest in Supermarine and early flight, especially, flying boats and the role of women in WW1:

1. Thursday 3rd October 7pm

Waterstones Hitchin, Herts

 2. Saturday 5th October

Luton Book Festival 2013

11 am ’til  12 noon

Conference Room, Luton Town Centre Library

Then you can meet me, come and have a chat and even buy a signed copy of Ancasta for that special Christmas gift on

3. Saturday 12th October

Waterstones West Quay Southampton

11 am ’til 1 pm

I look forward to seeing you at one of these events!

If you’d like more details then please drop me a line diana@dianamaryjackson.co.uk

I’d love to hear from you.



Filed under Ancasta, Book reading, Events, Family History, Flying Boats and Sea Planes, Southampton

Trains and Boats and Flights! A Day to Remember

We often spent a week in the summer holidays with out grandma in Woolston and I must have been about eight years old when she took my sister and I on a little adventure. We waited excitedly for the bus at the end of Newtown Road, Woolston and climbed to the top deck for the first leg of our journey to the Floating Bridge, which then took us over the River Itchen next to where the Hoverport was situated, just opposite the site of the Supermarine Works. (long gone by that time) 

It was our first ride on a hovercraft and I remember the noise and anticipation as the craft lifted up on its skirts and glided down the slipway and on to the river. It was quite a different feeling many years later on a cross channel ‘flight’ when I likened the experience more to going up and down in a lift as we traversed the waves in the Channel from Ramsgate. This time though, as we sped along Southampton Water, we watched the familiar sights of Weston Shore and Calshot Spit pass us by and soon The Isle of Wight was in front of us, filling our horizon.

At Cowes we walked a while to find a quieter spot to have a picnic before making our way to catch a bus to Ryde where, never being people to shirk exercise, we walked alongside the train to the end of Ryde Pier where we caught the ferry, this time back to Portsmouth. Although it was nothing like the speed of the catamarans today, we were soon on the mainland once more and heading for the railway station. The ride back to Woolston took us behind Newtown Road and I can only just remember sitting with my Grandad on a style to watch the steam trains go by maybe four years earlier before he popped into the The Gardeners Arms where he played dominoes each day with his friends.

Happy memories eh? It was lovely that my last post stirred several memories for readers too. It would be lovely to hear from you if you have other stories to tell; either post a comment here, send me a tweet, say hello on Facebook or send me an email


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