On Saturday 11th May,Oulton again saw the return of R.A.F 100 group veterans and their families.
Although they are getting fewer in number and most of them now in their nineties, they were just as determined as ever to make the journey back to what was once their temporary home nearly 70 years ago.
Thanks to the people of Oulton the village marquee erected in Richard and Sue Bryan’s garden was as usual magnificent, decorated with the villages own hand made bunting.
Soon the marquee was full and around 80 people sat down to home made cakes,scones and sandwiches .In the words of one guest “a magnificent spread of which I’ve previously read only in Billy Bunter books! “.
Cups of tea served in vintage crockery flowed along with the conversation.
Each of the veterans were introduced and spontaneous applause followed.
We all then made our way down to the memorial to be together again, this time to remember all those who did not return home.
Readings were from Carolann Killingback, Gerhard Heilig and Phil James.
The last post and reveille was beautifully played by Charlie Jefford whilst the Group Standard was lowered and raised after 2 minutes silence in quiet remembrance.
John (Paddy) Gilpin layed flowers on behalf of the association and Sue Bryan on behalf of the village.
306 personal and 56 aircraft from Bomber Command were lost and destroyed between 1940-1945 whilst serving at Oulton.
We will remember them.
Many thanks to all those involved.