On May 28th this year, the Petwood’s Director Emma Brealey was invited by the BBC for a TV interview at the Battle of Briain Memorial Flight, RAF Coningsby. She met Antiques Roadshow presenter Fiona Bruce, taking along an unusual antique – a Russian pine branch which became impaled in a Lancaster bomber during World War II.
The incident happened after refuelling in Northern Russia during the 1944 RAF raid on the German battleship ‘Admiral von Tirpitz’, made in Norway by 29 Lancasters of Nos 9 and 617 Squadrons. Emma told the story behind this wartime antique, and explained its connection with the Petwood Hotel:
You can watch the entire Antiques Roadshow episode here, as screened on BBC One on September 28 this year.