Talks end with a promise of more

Another successful series of talks at The Wing has seen growing audiences and a commitment to more presentations this coming autumn.

Trustee Andy Simpson, who organised the wide-ranging series that ran from March through to the beginning of May, is already planning more events for this coming autumn.

Once again, members of our Friends of the Few organisation will be entitled to free or reduced price admission to the events – and with numbers limited, early booking will again be advisable.

“I’m very pleased with the response we had to the talks and presentations this spring,” said Andy. “The talks covered a diverse range of topics – not just the Battle of Britain – and there was lots of very favourable feedback.

“Hurricane level members of the Friends get in for free, while Spitfire level members pay half price. It’s just one of the benefits of joining the Friends, and a very worthwhile one. About 60 per cent of those who attended this series of talks were Friends.”

The spring series of talks covered popular music at the time of the second world war, complete with a chance to hear some of the tunes, and a fascinating presentation about the indirect contribution made by Squadron Leader Neil Cleaver DFC to the development of cataract surgery after he was shot down during the Battle of Britain.

A showing of The Dowding System, a film about the innovative wartime system of air command and control, was well received, and the series was rounded off in style by Flight Lieutenant Henry Shackleton, who gave a fascinating talk on his military career and his 15 months in Stalag Luft 3.

“The autumn series is still in the planning stage, but it will be just as varied and just as fascinating,” promised Andy.

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