Last year a merry band of Woodhall Spa and district families once again crossed the Channel to spend a long weekend with their French hosts en famille, and plans are now being drawn up for the next return visit by our partners from Roëzé sur Sarthe in May this year.
It seems likely that demand will exceed supply, as there may be more French families wishing to visit us than we have English families offering to welcome them into their homes, so we would be very pleased to hear from anyone in Woodhall spa who would like to join in the fun.
“Taken as a whole, the airfield is a vast space, big enough for a 9,000ft runway, so any development could well be done piecemeal. It is to be hoped that, if it is to be sold, consideration is given to the preservation of enough of RAF Scampton’s historic features to make a fitting tribute to the generations of personnel who have served there over the last 100 years.”
Wise words perhaps from Charles, Dambusters Blog writer and nephew of Dambuster pilot David Maltby. Essential reading for all those disappointed by the latest government announcement that RAF Scampton is to close by 2022, leading to the relocation of the Red Arrows and the other RAF personnel who work there.
1 July at 12:00–15:00, The Black Swan, 93 High Street, LN4 4RF Coningsby
So the next exciting event for the Lancaster Legends is a Duck Race/fun afternoon!! Details are just being finalised but you can start buying your ducks now! Ducks are £2.50 each and can be purchased via this event page or from a Lancaster Legends member. The race will start at approximately 1.30pm and you have a chance to win.
If you are based in or near the city of Lincoln, you are welcome to come along to a talk and signing session I am doing at the city’s Waterstone’s bookshop on Tuesday 10 July at 6.30pm. I will be telling some of the family stories I came across while researching my Complete Dambusters book as well as showing some pictures which weren’t used in the final publication. I will also be debunking some of the often-repeated mythical stories about how the men who took part in the Dams Raid were chosen.
A fascinating new post from Charles Foster’s Dambusters Blog:
“It’s sad to have to report that the film director Michael Anderson died on Wednesday night, at the age of 98. He was best known to readers of this blog as the director of the 1955 film, The Dam Busters, but this was just part of his long career in the film business. At the time of his death he was the oldest living Oscar nominee for best director.”
“By the early 1950s, he was under contract as a director to Britain’s biggest film studio, Associated British Pictures, for whom he would eventually produce five films. ABP had bought the rights to Paul Brickhill’s best-selling book, The Dam Busters and commissioned a script from the writer of Journey’s End, R C Sherriff. Anderson was selected as director”
“What is not widely known………is that the film was nearly scuppered by a contractual dispute with Guy Gibson’s widow, Eve, after the shooting was completed. Continue reading →
Fred Sutherland unveils portrait in Alberta: ” Great to see a new photograph of Fred Sutherland, looking well. Last Thursday, in his home town of Rocky Mountain House in Alberta, Canada, Fred unveiled a new portrait of himself, painted by Dan Llewelyn Hall. This is one of the 133 portraits painted by Dan to honour all the men who took part in the Dams Raid.” Continue reading →
We have been advised that the revised start date for the Phase 2 works on site by the Ministry of Defence will be 16 April 2018 for (up to) a two week period. These works will be accompanied by a road closure on Kirkby Lane. As always, this revised start date is wholly dependent upon there being no other calls on the MoD’s resources at that time. Previous update | ELDC Incident Update page