Allied Air Forces Memorial Day Elvington York

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ALLIED AIR FORCES MEMORIAL DAY - Elvington, York.

Date: 9th September 2012

ALLIED AIR FORCES MEMORIAL DAY

Very much looking forward to my trip to York. Will be staying with my oldest friend, Sue McFarlane, whom I met when we shared a little house in Sale, Manchester. The house was one of several miners’ cottages owned by Pat Phoenix (a star of Coronation Street). I was in Manchester working as a newsreader for Granada. That’s where I made my first professional error. I was on a 6 month contract and as nobody said anything to me I asked my agent to make sure I had another job lined up when the contract came to an end. When I went to bid adieu to the boss of the channel, Denis Forman, he asked why I was going and I replied that ‘nobody had asked me to stay’. Lesson learned – as a freelance on contract, keep your head down and keep on working. I’ve often wondered what if ………………… mind you that’s happened many time in my life both professionally and personally.

Apart from being with my friend, the highlight of the visit is my first Official Function for the Yorkshire Air Museum. On Sunday, 9th September, in my capacity as a Vice President of the Museum I shall be attending the Allied Air Forces Memorial Day which comprises a Memorial Service and Parade. Am also looking forward to meeting another Vice President, Archbishop John Sentamu. I’m told he’s a really nice chap and a very outspoken individual. Also in attendance will be Sir Stephen Dalton, Chief of the Air Staff whom I’ve met twice this year at the Medal Presentation Service in Paris for René Mouchotte and Henry Lafont and two days later at the Battle of Britain Memorial Day at Capel-le-Ferne.
 

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