Alex Henshaw Memorial Banquet

Jan Leeming

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Date: 17th February 2009


Some friends, John Romain and his wife,  came over on Thursday to attend  a Memorial Banquet in honour of the late Alex Henshaw.  It took place at Ysterplatz - the Airforce base here in Capetown.**  They are only on a whistle-stop tour  so I'm taking them out tomorrow and will try and squash in as many of the beauties of the Cape as is manageable before they catch their plane back to England.  It will only be the briefest glimpse of what Capetown and the Cape can offer but hopefully will be enough to bring them back for a longer visit.

John  owns and rebuilds Spitfires in the UK out at Duxford Air Base.  He is the gentleman who two years ago at Shoreham Air Show  offered me a  flight in a Spitfire.  We have been trying to link it to a Charity to ensure maximum publicity but so far our plans haven't materialised.  Perhaps 2009 will be the year when Leeming does make it in a Spitfire.  I'd love that.

**  Alex Henshaw was a remarkable Test pilot who, in 1939 broke the record for a flight to Capetown and back.  Look him up on the Internet.  Probably the best and most comprehensive piece is the second on the list of the search which is his Obit. in the Telegraph.

This coming week, a group of us are going to see Beauty and the Beast at The Artscape Theatre in Capetown.  I've been told that this production is even better than London.  It wouldn't surprise me.

I've seen Phantom many times but enjoyed it more here in Capetown where I could SEE the whole show and actually HEAR the words.  The accoustics at Artscape are excellent and so is the rake of the seating - nor do they over amplify - all three faults appertaining to many of the London Theatres.

Till my next epistle.  Au revoir,  Jan

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