Experiences of a Tiger Moth pilot entertain and inform Hucknall U3A members

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The Hucknall and District U3A held their penultimate meeting before the AGM when a new committee and chairman will be elected for the next two year term.

The general information passed to members included details about the launch, later in the year, of Eastwood U3A.

We also heard about a proposed weekend trip to Liverpool in September and the annual five day event at Thoresby Hall Hotel next year.

The gardening group is active again and 61 members enjoyed a trip to Hopton Hall to see the snowdrops.

Due to illness there was a late change to the planned speaker. Dr Mark Edworthy was welcomed by Barbara Ives and his talk was about his “Adventures of a Tiger Moth Pilot”.

Although his background was as a physicist with British Rail working as a research scientist, his talk reflected on his life and experiences of learning to fly.

His interest in flying did not develop until he was in his fifties and he learnt to fly in a Tiger moth, gaining his private pilot’s licence.

He then aimed for a commercial pilot’s licence but was refused many times over a period of five years on medical grounds.

At the age of seven he had contracted Polio and the effects of this worsened during later life, resulting in him being wheelchair reliant.

His determination paid off when he was at last accepted for training and he soon got a job taking customers for Tiger Moth flights, many people wanting to fly the 70 year old planes for the experience.

His talk was accompanied by photos and we heard about the history of the plane and their part in war service.

Mark’s talk was innovative and inspiring showing how he achieved his goal and overcame his disability and reliability of a wheelchair.

The next meeting will be held on 9th April.

Once the business of the AGM is complete there will be a presentation from the creative writing group and work will be on show from the knitting and craft groups.