TF4480 : Glider on display: Strubby Memorial Dedication Ceremony

taken 3 years ago, near to Strubby, Lincolnshire, Great Britain

Glider on display: Strubby Memorial Dedication Ceremony
Glider on display: Strubby Memorial Dedication Ceremony
An estimated twenty thousand people turned out on August Bank Holiday Sunday for the unveiling of the new memorial at former R.A.F. Strubby. Also featured was a fly-past by the last 2 flying Lancaster bombers (British and Canadian) and by the Red Arrows. This was an amazing free day day out - no charge even for the parking.
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Like many disused airfields this one is used to store piles of soil and various other materials, on the tops of which people gathered for a better view of the proceedings (visible by the glider's tail). The community spirit and resourcefulness were true to the wartime theme. There were even queues for food, as in the days of food rationing (no-one could have foreseen quite so many visitors) and I understand some enterprising person was hawking food "on the side". Even the glider fitted in with this image - gliding was used as a preparation for training military pilots.
At former R.A.F. Strubby, the Lincolnshire Gliding Club continues the aviation tradition, with also a small private airstrip and flying club on the northern edge of the field.
Traffic queues extended as far as Ulceby Cross, with people picnicking on the grass verges of the blocked roads (they had been advised to bring chairs and picnic blankets!).
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Date Taken
Sunday, 24 August, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 25 August, 2014
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Air transport  Derelict, Disused  People, Events 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 4457 8075 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:18.2383N 0:10.0861E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TF 4453 8076
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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