Southampton said 'Farewell' in style last night to the QE2. Thousands turned out in the bitter cold to wave, take photos and video as she backed up to Mayflower Park for a grand firework display and then steamed out of port for the last time.
A cacophony of sound surrounded her as hundreds of small craft, ferries and other merchant vessels all sounded their horns and milled around her as she left. It was a memorable sight. I could hear mothers explaining to their children, who were long past their bedtime, that they should watch, as this was history they were seeing. Awed kids obediently stared, open mouthed as she started her final journey, lights ablaze.
As she sailed down Southampton Water fire works saluted her from the shore and her horn sounded out a deep, 'Thank you and Farewell' as she passed.
In all it was a momentous night. The Queen Elizabeth 2 will be sadly missed here in Southampton.