The preparation and planning for a National Heritage ROC display at RAF Fairford Royal International Air Tattoo began in November 2014. Thankfully over the weekend of July 16th to 19th 2015 the weather was very kind and shone for the 4 days. A terrific flying display tested our aircraft recognition skills and gave a fitting backdrop to reach out to the many to publicise ROC Heritage, the ROC Benevolent Fund and the ROC Association. I lost count of the number of visitors to the display during the 3 days.
The small crew of volunteers were kept on their toes with questions and explanations. Of great interest to young and old were the demonstrations of the Post Instrument from the ROC Museum Newhaven Fort, on loan by kind permission of Paul Norris and Ian Burrows. A few of the team in the uniform of the day complimented Howard Harding’s (12 Group) WW11 1940s display of ROC equipment and 1940s original artefacts that added realism and detailed the contribution of the Observer Corps to the Battle of Britain.
The display attracted many ex Corps members several of whom were unaware of the Association and Benevolent Fund. Others recounted fascinating tales of their parents, grandfather’s service to add to our growing collection of living history, heritage archives, knowledge and records.
Some familiar faces said hello including Lawrence Holmes, Gary Crook and Clint Maler with members of his newly formed Sywell Air Scouts.
On behalf of members and the National Committee we applaud and give very special thanks to all those who worked hard over many months to enable the ROC display to come together and especially to the small team of volunteers who set up and took it down.
To those who staffed the display throughout the 4 days thanks go to Heritage team members Edwina Holden, Simon Craine, John Shere, Jenny Morris and to the volunteers who supported them John Billinton, Terry Weston, David Peace, Peter Owen, Howard Harding, Keith Arnold, Bryan Butler, Chris, Trish and Alex Shire. For some of the team it was a 6am start staying until show closure at 1930 each day. Their enthusiasm, commitment and contribution made it hugely successful and enjoyable.
(Left click each picture for a larger image) Words and photo gallery by Jenny Morris