Red Arrows’ top fan
PUBLISHED: 09:00 06 May 2012
WE ALL have our passions and obsessions - but one Weston woman is looking forward to seeing hers in the flesh this summer.
Elizabeth Andreou, aged 46, of Downside Road on the Bournville estate, has been following the daring Red Arrows aeroplane display team since childhood after inheriting her grandmother’s enthusiasm for aircraft.
She has even got a tattoo of a Hawk Red Arrows plane on her arm, just above her wrist (which has a Red Arrows watch on it) and has dyed her hair red to match.
Her collection contains everything from mugs, DVDs, posters and umbrellas to signed pictures of the display team in action.
There are two pieces Elizabeth is most proud of – a signed photo of the Red Arrows taken during their practices in Cyprus and a signed menu from a restaurant meal the team had together.
Elizabeth’s cousin Sarah Tanner is a wing-walker – someone who walks across the wings of an aeroplane while it is airborne – and has collected some of the memorabilia for her through connections.
Elizabeth said: “I don’t know what I love about the Red Arrows so much. It’s probably when they take off and land. It is just that noise. It’s so loud.”
The mother-of-three and grandmother has taken trips across the country every year to see displays, even going as far as Jersey.
She is determined to carry on travelling to support them despite battles with osteoporosis which have seen her undergo operations in the past year.
Her ultimate ambition is to go to Cyprus to watch their practices.
She added: “I was invited to go, but then I got ill and couldn’t travel. It’s something I want to do.” The Red Arrows will be topping the bill at the Grand Pier’s Weston Air Day in July.
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