Shoreham Airshow 2007
Me looking brave before taking to the air (and the wing) of the plane. Wow, it was cold !! But the whole experience was totally exhilarating.
Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.
Date: 16th October 2010
AIR CHIEF MARSHAL SIR CHRISTOPHER MORAN
Memorial Service at St. Clement Dane's Church, London
I had the pleasure of meeting Sir Christopher and his lovely wife Elizabeth at a Memorial Lunch at Capel a few years ago. I also had the honour of being invited to dinner at their home when Chris was at Strike Command at High Wycombe.
His death was untimely at the age of 54.
The Memorial Service was held at the RAF Church, St. Clement Danes at the Strand in London. The queue to enter the church doubled back on itself and the medals and braid were dazzling. There were representatives of the services from all over the world (Chris had many overseas tours of duty). The Duke of Edinburgh was also in attendance as Chris had once seen duty as his Equerry. The Church was absolutely packed. Music was provided by the Central Band of the RAF - and very fine musicians they are too. The choir of St. Clement's was also superb.
With great courage all three of Chris and Elizabeth's offspring gave readings - Jennie read from Chaucer - the gentle knight; Lucy brought tears to the eyes with a lovely poem entitled 'What Makes a Dad' by an Unknown Author and Tom read the wonderful poem 'High Flight' by Pilot Officer Magee (killed in the Battle of Britain) - which I quoted in my Blog. of
I felt very honoured to be invited back to the Reception at the RAF Club. Spent some time with Patrick and Janet Tootal who work so hard staging the Annual Luncheon and Celebration at Capel le Ferne and have really had their work cut out this year looking after The Few (the veterans of WW2) and shepherding them around to celebrations up and down the country.
Janet asked if I would mind publicizing a few things for the RAF Benevolent Fund. Unfortunately, having been away from home and off the computer, I'm only able to do this in the very last moments of the Appeal but here is the information and it would be wonderful if you could see your way to helping.
Download a raffle ticket on line at www.battleofbritainmemorial.org <http://www.battleofbritainmemorial.org/> postal entries to be received by
Monday 18 October 2010
POST A TRIBUTE
The Trust is raising funds for a Learning Centre and the Royal Mint, who have produced a Battle of Britain Coin, have agreed to donate £1 to the Trust's Learning Centre Appeal for every tribute posted the direct link is http://memorialwall.celebratebritain.com/
You do not have to buy the coin just log on, click on Memorial Wall and follow the “POST A TRIBUTE” links.
We have very limited time as we only have the opportunity to post a tribute up until Sunday 17 October.
Details of how to make a telephone bid on line at www.battleofbritainmemorial.org
And I have to add that one of the prizes is a Visit to the Aircraft Restoration Hangar at Duxford and a Flight in a Spitfire - Wow. (This has been donated by my friend John Romain)
Bye for now. Jan
THIS IS THE TWO-SEATER SPITFIRE IN WHICH THE LUCKY WINNER WILL HAVE THE SPITIFIRE FLIGHT. I MET JOHN AT SHOREHAM IN 2007 WHILST WINGWALKING FOR THE RAF BENEVOLENT FUND
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