Bessbrook Mill

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  1. Guys my wee fella found this video on YT. I took the family for a spin to show them bandit country yesterday. Sadly the Helipad and guardroom are now demolished. There is some nice footage of College Square, the High Street, Deramore Road & the Mill itself.

    Brings back happy memories. For those who are interested the Richardsons who originally owned the Mill were Quakers and friendly with the Cadbury Family in Birmingham. Bessbrook was a quaker village hence there was never a Pornbrokers, Pub or Police Station in Bessbrook.

    Bourneville in Birmingham was modelled on Bessbrook.


    Enjoy !
  2. Nothing sad about the destruction of that helipad, I assure you, K.
  3. Nothing like 12 hours nights on PVCP and getting your head down only to have Patrols teams flying out all day :/

    Egg banjos 24/7 :)

    The smell of avgas everywhere :(

    A week fogged in on the Romeo Towers with no one coming up to see you - Priceless!!!
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  4. Hmmm, brings back old memories. On my first tour of NI operating out of Bessbrook Mill, my section commander was killed after being hit by a helicopter rotor blade on Camlough OP.

    RIP Eddie
  5. I remember seeing the plaque up there beside the steps. Got to say I sure as heck made sure I was on the downside of the helipad whenever deliveries came in for us up there. I still thought it a bit strange where they placed that thing as if you got 2 steps up the wrong side you were in the rotors.

    RIP to your friend. All I can say is that seeing that plaque switched me onto a very real danger anytime there was rotary around! It's terrible that someone has to end their life in such a tragic way for others to be made aware of the danger.

    The back sangar on that place, which wasnt much more than a garden shed wasn't a nice place to be on the cold dark winter nights on your own!
  6. Bessbrooke, a few memory's there for so many board members.
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  7. brought back some memories. Cracking view from the roof, went up there in a climbing harness to fix our TV aerial. Anyone remember the old Indian tailor there, circa mid 80's? He could modify smocks to your own design, add pockets etc etc, for very little money. He told me he started off making parachutes in WW2 in India.
  8. 40 years at the mill what memorys
  9. It was (allegedly) very briefly, the busiest heliport in the world when I was there.
  10. Here you go:

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    You can almost hear the sound of a Lynx inbound.
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    Not on this Limited Edition Print you cant :D

    Awesome print and you can get regimental badges drawn in pencil in the border. Would provide a link but not sure if that is allowed, so Google Bessbrook Mill art and see if it comes up.

    "R850 one Puma down the tube R850"
    "There is a Gazelle in the well"
    "Puma 2 mins for refuel"
  13. I can give you the background to that print. The Puma had just flown over the border and had to be escorted back to BBK by a pair of Lynx. :wink:

    I'm surprised the Puma paid attention to calling 'down the tube'. Never usually did. :roll:
  14. I remember sitting in the departure lounge one cold night about to deploy on a big company op,only to get stood down due to "bad weather". Nice one. On the short trek up to the accomodation,we noticed a group of 8 to 10 men dressed in civvies carrying holdalls exiting that gate near the guard room,heading towards the helipad,at the same time another 2 carl loads of these chaps left the camp.
    We never left the camp for about 2 or 3 days after that.
    I f ucking loved nights like that.
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  15. 1989, me and another oppo had to drive an officer down to Bessbrook from Moscow Camp so he could catch a hele taxi down to the border. Pale blue ford escort, tooled up with 9 mil each and a couple of SMG's in a hold all. Delivers the officer without any dramas. Stopped fpr a bit of lunch in the mill and about an hour or so later we head off back to Belfast.

    driving along the back roads we come over the crest of a small hill and at the bottom of the hill is a huge combine harvester type machine parked bang in the middle of the road. 2 blokes standing in front of it and 1 on the top of it dressed in dark blue coveralls. "IVCP" thinks I. Driver slows to a crawl I decide to discretely remove my browning and cock it and stick it under my thigh. Drivers gibbering along the lines of "it's cool, it's cool, it's cool". To be honest we were both sh!tting it. Just as we get to within 50m of it it starts moving back into the field. "This is it" thinks I, I'm looking into the fields either side for cut off's but couldn't see anything. Harvester moves into the field and on the other side is a clear road. Driver boots it and for the rest of the journey the 2 of us are giggling like a couple of school kids. I was 18, he was 19. So you could say we were just a couple of kids.

    My one and only memory of Bessbrook mill.
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