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BBC Weatherman to Provide Weather Updates for Ocean Village

Simon KeelingSOUTH coast marina operator MDL has teamed up with television weather expert Dr Simon Keeling to provide daily weather forecasts.

Dr Keeling a familiar face on the BBC, will provide MDL’s 19 marinas, including Hythe Marina and Southampton’s Ocean Village Marina, with weather updates three times a day as well as offering personalised weather forecasts for berthholders.

Michelle Hitchcock, head of business development at MDL Marinas, said: “We are delighted to welcome Simon on board. With his incredible knowledge and experience of forecasting for the sailing community his predictions are a valuable resource at our marinas.”

via Weatherman on board (From Daily Echo).

Mitchell’s Wings – The True Story of the Spitfire

Coming soon to the Solent Sky Museum (Opposite Ocean Village).

The Maskers Theatre Company in collaboration with Oasis Youth Theatre present “Mitchell’s Wings ,The True Story of the Spitfire”.

A new play By Johnny Carrington with  lyrics by Mark Wheeller and music by Paul Ibbott.

Mitchell's WingsSeventy years ago the skies over Southampton and the rest of southern England were filled with the sights and sounds of the world’s fiercest air battle… men were fighting daily… for their lives.  The Luftwaffe was trying to destroy the RAF so that Germany could launch an invasion. Standing against them were just a few hundred British and commonwealth pilots flying Hurricanes… and Spitfires.

This is a promenade performance where the audience follow the action on foot.  It tells the story of the Southampton man who designed the Spitfire; R.J. Mitchell.  From his humble beginnings as an apprentice in the locomotive yard to chief designer of Supermarine;  ‘Mitchell’s Wings’ shows him battling against illness whilst designing perhaps one of Britain’s most iconic machines.

The play dramatises real testimonies from people whose lives were touched by the Spitfire, from Battle of Britain pilots to the men and women who built it.  Using original music, songs and multi-media ‘Mitchell’s Wings’  tells the story of a genius who designed an aeroplane that, seventy years ago, played a major part in saving our country from tyranny.

The Maskers Theatre Company are delighted to be working with Oasis Youth theatre on this production.


Abandoned Royal Crescent Apartments Up For Sale

Abandoned Royal Crescent Apartments Building Site Many of you will recognise the Royal Crescent apartments even if you do not know them by name. They are the abandoned building project on Canute Road, just opposite the entrance to Ocean Village. When the downturn hit the developer went out of business and they have stood neglected ever since.

Now there is hope that the project will finally be completed and the eyesore removed. The site will be potentially be auctioned off between the 15th and 17th February by Allsop LLP. You can read further information at

The site is being sold with:

  • Planning Permission to provide a Total of Eighty Eight Self-Contained Flats and Three Commercial Units together with Sixty Eight Car Parking Spaces
  • Potential for Alternative Development Schemes, subject to obtaining all necessary consents

[Update] These properties were sold prior to the auction taking place and were removed from the auction as a result. I do not know who has made the purchase. If you do then please let me know.

Itchen Bridge to be lit up with LEDs

Itchen Bridge LED lightingThe landmark 1970s structure will be illuminated in pale blue light visible to ships arriving up Southampton Water, and to cars approaching the city from up to a mile away.

It is part of a massive overhaul of the 62,000-tonne bridge which will see 42 street lights replaced with white light columns.

The new columns, thought to cost between £100,000 and £200,000, will emit blue LED background light. The makeover comes three years after the council launched a £10,000 feasibility study into lighting up the bridge.

City artists called for the drab grey bridge to be transformed into various different forms of colour, light and moving art in a bid to rival the appeal of the Brooklyn Bridge in Manhattan, Humber Bridge in Hull and Forth Rail Bridge in Scotland.