Growing up in Northern Ireland helicopters was one of the 'abnormalities' of childhood as the security forces flew about Northern Ireland. This morning I was awakened by the police helicopter at 7.40am. It was flying low as over my community as part of the security operation for the Black Perceptory march past the Ardoyne shops.
Since July my youngest wean (a toddler) has learned to recognise the sound of the police helicopter and if playing in the garden will search the sky for it or if in the house will run to the window to look for it and point. At first I thought that this wasn't 'normal' but the use of police helicopters is now common practice across the UK with them being a familiar sight and sound. So normal or abnormal?