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Annual remembrance event for speed record breaker Donald Campbell

Donald Campbell on his Bluebird K7 at Lake Coniston, Cumbria. Credit: PA

An annual remembrance event will be held today to remember Donald Campbell CBE, who died on Coniston water 53 years ago.

The event will be held at the K7 Club and The Speed Records Club at the Campbell Memorial and then at the graveside of the speed record breaker.

Campbell died on January 4 1967, aged 45, when his jet-powered boat, Bluebird K7, flipped into the air and disintegrated as he attempted a new water speed record on the lake in Cumbria.

Bluebird crashing on Coniston Water. Credit: PA

He broke eight world speed records on water and on land in the 1950s and 1960s, and remains the only person to set both world land and water speed records in the same year.

In his fatal record attempt, the son of Sir Malcolm Campbell, who himself held land and water speed records, had set himself a target of reaching 300mph (480kph) on Coniston Water.

Jet-powered boat, Bluebird K7. Credit: PA

He was posthumously awarded the Queen's Commendation for Brave Conduct.