At first we thought it was one of the regular helicopters that overfly Outwood Mill en route to Redhill Aerodrome a mile and a half away.
Soon it became obvious that something was happening as the drone of helicopter got louder and louder until finally we realised this helicopter was about to set down on Outwood Common.
At first we thought it was a Police Helicopter due to the markings but once we arrived where the Helicopter had set down and saw the road blocked off by a police car it became obvious that a tragic accident had taken place.
Watch the Video of the Surrey Air Ambulance Lifting Off form Outwood Common.
Clearly the Heli-Med crews and the Ground Ambulance crews were working like mad to save the lives of the mortorcycle rider and pillion passenger who had been involved in a terrible smash almost opposite the Bell Inn.
It’s at these times you see the worth of the Ambulance crews, both ground and airborne and what an incredible job they do day to day.
Also – without charitable donations the Helicopter Ambulance, so critical in these kinds of situations wouldn’t be there – so if you do nothing else today we would like to urge you, having seen first hand what a lifeline these Helicopters are, to perhaps hop on over to the Air Ambulance website and make a donation – no matter how small. It could be the difference between saving a life or not.
Finally, all of us here at Outwood Mill, and I feel sure we speak for the whole village, hope and pray that the two people injured in the accident make a full and speedy recovery to full health.
We will keep you posted of any news of course.
In celebration of the Queens Diamond Jubilee A Beacon was lit tonight (Monday 4th June 2012) on Outwood Common Just opposite the famous Outwood Windmill.
The photograph shows the light of the Beacon reflecting in the night sky off the underside of one of the sweeps and the beacon surrounded by the villagers of Outwood.
The history of these types of beacons is believed to have started in the reign of Queen Elizabeth the First when beacons were lit between Plymouth and London to alert the Queen to the passing of the Spanish Fleet in the English Channel giving forewarning of a potential invasion of Spanish Ships right down into the Thames. Fortunately – history shows that they never made it.
Beacons were lit all over the UK today to mark the occassion of the Jubilee and has it has done the Old Windmill on Outwood Common has stood by and borne silent witness to these important events.
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