Poignant moment as RAF squadron’s heroes are remembered

THE MEMORIAL stone is unveiled in Hucknall
THE MEMORIAL stone is unveiled in Hucknall

REPRESENTATIVES from the Hucknall community were all brought together on Saturday for a special service and ceremony to remember the 504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force Association.

A church service at St Mary Magdalene preceded the unveiling of a memorial stone at the town’s Market Place to recognise the squadron and their services.

Dignitaries, special guests, together with representatives from the squadron, the War Widows Association, Air Training Corps and Hucknall Round Table, amongst others, all witnessed the blessing of the memorial by the Rector of Hucknall, Kathryn Herrod.

“It was an excellent day and a very important occasion for Hucknall,” said Revd Canon Herrod. “It’s important to remember and recognise the sacrifices made by our squadron and the stone has been put in the perfect place, central to the town.

“People now have a tangible monument to come and sit by and reflect and remember those lives that have been lost in conflict.”

Phil Dobson of Hucknall’s Round Table, which donated £2,000 towards the cost of the memorial, felt honoured to be a part of the ceremony.

“I was one of six Table representatives at the event and we all felt very proud to have supported the funding of the stone,” said Mr Dobson.

“It was a very moving service and dedication, well supported by the community. “We have given away a lot of money over the years but I have never felt so proud as I did on Saturday.”