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Fly-past celebrates ‘end of era’

The final meeting of the East Midland Ex Air Crew Association which was held at Sherwood Forest Golf Club on Monday.
The association formed 50 years ago by Ron Brown started life with 150 members but the years have taken a natural toll and membership is now down to just five members.
Pictured are, Seated Ian Linney, Standing from the left are; Jeff Hildreth, Ron Brown, Andre Russell and Tom Calladine.

The final meeting of the East Midland Ex Air Crew Association which was held at Sherwood Forest Golf Club on Monday. The association formed 50 years ago by Ron Brown started life with 150 members but the years have taken a natural toll and membership is now down to just five members. Pictured are, Seated Ian Linney, Standing from the left are; Jeff Hildreth, Ron Brown, Andre Russell and Tom Calladine.

Members of an organisation for Second World War veterans will be celebrating the end of an era in style next month - with a fly-past from a Lancaster Bomber.

The East Midlands Ex Aircrew Association, which held its final meeting in 2012, is shutting up shop after more than 50 years and will be celebrating the group’s successes with a special garden party in Southwell on Sunday 1st June.

The celebration will take place at the former home of the late Squadron Leader Ian Linney, who co-founded the group.

More than 100 guests are expected to attend the event, with the fly-past courtesy of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight expected at around 2.15pm.

Bomber Command veteran and group co-founder Ron Brown, from Berry Hill, told Chad: “Exactly 50 years ago we formed the East Midlands Ex Aircrew Association and were amazed to gather 150 members.

“Over the years we’ve enjoyed many social occasions, allowing us to ‘open the hangar doors” and reflect on each individual’s diverse Second World War flying-experiences. Sadly, we are now reduced to just a handful of veterans and this event is to close down our long-established association.”

 

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