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PARHAM AIRFIELD MUSEUM
SUNDAY 4th JULY 2004
THE NEW MUSEUM OF THE BRITISH RESISTANCE ORGANISATION AND THE UNDERGROUND OPERATIONAL BASE WAS FORMALLY OPENED BY LORD AND LADY IRONSIDE.
With structural work completed by Peter Kindred and Roy Langley during the winter, and later fitting out under the direction of Graham Bines and Daphne Nunn, the finished product was formally inaugurated by our Patrons, Lord and Lady Ironside. From that moment, Graham in the extended Museum, and Roger Kindred in charge of the OB, were besieged by Auxiliers, their friends and relatives, the media and interested visitors.
In the region of twenty-five AU veterans attended. The day turned out to be a Reunion as well and, sadly, there was too little time to meet everyone. Best wishes were received from other veterans whose attendance was prevented by distance or ill health.
Prominent among the guests were two of General Colin Gubbins’ grandchildren - also now our Patrons - Michael Gubbins and Claire Greenwell, and their families
It was the first full scale Open Day at Parham and we have learned a lot – and made contacts with so many exhibitors; owners of military vehicles; recreation groups, USAF personnel (who provided a Flag Guard of Honour); the Metropolitan Police Flying Club (who ‘flew in with seven aircraft – thanks chaps!); Air Cadets; the RAF Memorial Flight; a splendid jazz band; and aerobatic pilots (who gave such wonderful displays during the afternoon).
Then there were all the helpers who gave special services and made such a success of the organisation and catering.
Finally, we must thank Suffolk County Council, who provided grant aid, and all the personal cash donors, who enabled us to put on the show and still keep our accounts in the black. We offer profound thanks to all our supporters and helpers.
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