Biggin Hill Chapel Concert

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Date: 17th September 2011

Hardly had time to turn around and unpack my case than I was off again.  This time it was up to the lovely Chapel at Biggin Hill for a Battle of Britain Reception, Sunset Ceremony and Concert.

Earlier this year I visited the Chapel to establish more facts and artefacts about René Mouchotte (my sponsored pilot) and was thoroughly taken with this lovely little chapel and all its memorabilia of the folk stationed at Biggin during WW2.

I was impressed with the Air Cadets - with their dedication and discipline and very impressed with the female cadet who read the Welcoming Address and continued seamlessly when her microphone failed.

Then there was a single Spitfire flypast followed by a very good buffet supper and a Concert.

I'm not normally a fan of Brass Bands but after listening to the Yiewsley and West Drayton Band, am a convert.  What a lovely selection of music from High on the Hill (which brought a lump to my throat) through The Dam Busters March, American Patrol by Glenn Miller, Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines, the Great Escape and ending, of course with Land of Hope and Glory.  The Cadets enthusiastically bobbing up and down and waving their Union Jacks.

It was a great evening but I was not looking forward to driving in to London through Brixton so took a circular route via Lewisham and on into Piccadilly for a stay at the RAF Club as I had to be up early on Sunday for the Battle of Britain Service at Westminster Abbey.

Me trying to be Arty - the Standard and the Spitfire through the trees.


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