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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

World & Brit speed legend Campbell's death remembered 50 years on with special events

To mark the 50th anniversary of the death of World and British land and water speed record holder Donald Campbell CBE, his daughter Gina Campbell will lay flowers on Coniston Water at site of the fatal crash of his jet powered Bluebird boat.  As this ceremony takes place an RAF fast jet will make a low level past across Coniston Water in the north west of England.

The flower laying will be followed by a brief service of remembrance at the Campbell Memorial and at Coniston Cemetery where Donald Campbell was buried.  In attendance once again will be Gina Campbell. 

Campbell was holder of eight world speed records in the 1950s and 60s in the Bluebird cars and boats. On 4 January 1967 he attempted a water speed record in the Bluebird K7 at Coniston Water with the target of 300 mph (480 km/h). After numerous attempts the Bluebird boat reached a staggering speed of 328 mph (528 km/h) but shortly after executed somersault breaking the craft in two which sunk shortly afterwards.

What:  08.42 am flower laying / 08.49 am RAF flypast / 11am Campbell Memorial wreath laying
Date:  Wednesday 4th January 2017
Location: Coniston Water, Cumbria / Campbell Memorial, Village Green / Coniston Cemetery

This event is organised by the Speed Record Club