New Balls Please
Well done Greenlaw Tennis players to get the old court up and running after years of neglect-as you can read here
This is great progress since Huttonian reported in November last year;Bomb stopped tennis. You CAN'T BE SERIOUSThe heart stopping news in the Berwickshire-see here is about the discovery of an unexploded Second World War German shell/bomb on the old tennis court at Greenlaw which is being restored to Fred Perry standards (and may not have been played on since his time). Greenlaw apparently saw enemy action in the war where allied Poles may have been the intended targets; rather unsporting to bomb them during tennis match, one would have thought. Alternatively the bombers may have been after Voytek the iconic Polish dancing, fighting, drinking Bear which single handed saw off six Panzer divisions in the Italian campaign. It is not previously recorded that this multi tasking animal ever played tennis but I suppose it may have carrying the drinks around when the Germans pounced.
I have tracked down the original story in the Berwickshire here
We hope that is the end of enemy action against our peaceful county and we also hope in this context that the local fuzz have learned from their foolishness of a few years back when a speed cop, aimed his 'hairdryer' speed camera at a low flying RAF jet. The fighter's missiles apparently immediately locked on to 'hostile radar'-a technique used in Iraq but realising he was over North Berwick and not Basra
no air to ground rocket was fired-good news for East Lothian's finest.The Police had the nerve to complain to the RAF authorities and were rewarded with this :
"Sir, Thank you for your message, which allows us to complete the file on this
You may be interested to know that the tactical computer in the Tornado had
automatically locked on to your ‘hostile radar equipment’ and sent a jamming signal
back to it.
Furthermore, the Sidewinder Air-to-Ground missiles aboard the fully-armed aircraft
had also locked on to the target. Fortunately the Dutch pilot flying the Tornado
responded to the missile status alert intelligently and was able to override the
automatic protection system before the missiles were launched".
The reply concluded “BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU ARE POINTING THINGS AT IN
Labels: German bombs, Greenlaw Tennis Court, Radar Speed Checks Low Flying Aircraft