11th September 2013 Duxford
Thanks to everyone who has sent photos for inclusion in this web site.
The 2013 Informal Reunion took place on the 11th September 2013 at the Duxford Imperial War Museum.
The reunion was an outstanding success, thanks to both Adele Stephenson and Clive Kerr for taking the time to make the arrangements and inform us all of the arrangements that have been made, the photos can be viewed here by clicking on the appropriate link on that page.
A smaller turn out than usual on September 11th, but very select. The weather was expected to be wet and cold, but turned out to be dry and not-so-cold. Three people managed to turn up wearing the old AIR UK anoraks which have survived constant wear yet still look incredibly good. Those were the days – free quality uniforms. And Barry Robinson, who flew in, was showing some familiar AIR UK blue collar above the neck of his sweater.
The new start time of 11 a.m. worked well as there was an unusually large number of the general public who went in at 10 a.m. We managed to commandeer a section of the coffee shop for our usual refreshment and chat before making our way to the remains of the Herald for group photograph.
Clive assures us that it is to be restored and that a very good job will ultimately be done. Certainly judging by the appearance of the Airspeed Ambassador which was in pieces a few years ago there is a good chance of a better future for the Herald.
As usual, everyone wandered around the museum but most of us congregated for lunch in Wingco Joe’s. Debbie Collett, formerly AIR UK and now a Duty Manager at Duxford, had kindly arranged for lunch to be available for us until 2.30 p.m. and we also had the end section of the restaurant to ourselves.
Special thanks to our one and only photographer, Roger Stanley. He is so professional that after parking his car on arrival he started taking photographs of the group while walking to join us !! Giles captured a shot of Roger at work which says it all. Giles and John Best assisted with some pictures, which are included.
It was a very happy day.
Our considerable thanks to Carl who organises the website so that everyone, whether there or not, can enjoy Duxford 2013.
|Best John||Hughes Paul|
|Brand Pete||Kerr Clive|
|Brigham Ian||McBurnie Micky|
|Buttle Jenny||McCarthy Ett|
|Buttle Robin||Mitchell Tom|
|Collett Debbie||Robinson Barry|
|Crossman Dave||Rodmell Tony|
|Crossman Sarah||Saunders Giles|
|Dakin Terry||Stanley Roger|
|Flack Helen||Stephenson Adele|
|Fricker Glen||Trendell Nick|
|Frye Rod||Turner Steve|
|Gregory Tony||Weatherill Sonia|
|Gregory Anne||Young Robert|
|Hamilton Sue||29 Total|
All the following former colleagues were unable to come due to rostering or other commitments.
They all send their best wishes and hope to see friends on a future occasion.
|Angie Angell||Working…love to all…|
|Lucinda Mead||Flying for airline in Canada|
|Cara Watt||Maternal duties !|
|Carl France||Holding the fort at the office|
|Rip Kirby||Cannot come|
|Jerry Gold||Easyjet. Madrid base closed. Travelling to & fro today|
|Maria North||Working today|
|Tim Gates||Jet 2. Working today|
|Will Elbourn||Jet 2. Working today|
|Tim Atkinson||AAIB. Working today|
|Jeremy Taylor||Virgin. Working today|
|Norman & Catherine Anderson||BA. Working today|
|Daphne Goslings||Virgin. Working today|
|Nick Harewood||Easyjet. New address. Working today|
|Peter Elliott||Retired in Jersey|
|Graham Hill||Flybe Jersey. Working today|
|Ian Meade||Aurigny. Working today|
|Gordon Woods||Teacher of English in Paris|
|Chris Yates||Easyjet. Working today|
|Chris Pollak||Cannot come|
|Jerry Andrews||Cannot come|
|Mike Wood||His wife Liz is ill with cancer|
|Simon Cornish||Cathay. A330 captain|
|Janet Donaldson||USA. Flying Kingairs|
|Will Sharpe||Invites everyone to visit him in South Africa.|
|Gavin Mellon||Cannot come|
|Alf from Airvo AMS||Cannot come|
|Sue Nelson||Working today|
|Pete Rawlings||Cannot come this year|
|Suzie Henderson||Moving down south soon from Scotland.|
|Hazel Fricker||Ford. Working today.|
|Alan Carter||Unable to leave very ill dog|
|Simon Skelton||BA. Working|
|Mike Mead||Unable to come this year|
|Peter Heath||Unable to come this year|
|Annaliese Whitwam||Unable to come this year|
|Ian Robins||Unable to come this year|
|Geoff Wilton||Unable to come this year|
|Zane Dunning||Unable to come this year|
|Alan Rappaport||Unable to come this year|