Air Transport Auxiliary Memorial Hamble-le-Rice Hampshire UK
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The Air Transport Auxiliary Memorial was unveiled at 1:00pm on Saturday 10 July 2010 on the corner of Aquila Way and Hamble Lane, Hamble-le-Rice, Hampshire.
Parking for the disabled was kindly permitted by Coopervision Limited (Hamble-le-Rice) in their Hamble Lane car park.
The reception/exhibition took place directly after the unveiling ceremony from 1:30pm-3:30pm in the Hamble-le-Rice Village Memorial Hall.
The exhibition featured facts about the Air Transport Auxiliary, aviation in Hamble-le-Rice, and the history of the memorial to date.
The memorial unveiling and reception/exhibition was free for all to enjoy, no ticket or pre-booking was required.
The organisers would like to express their gratitude to John Curtis, Eric Downing, Peter Garrod, Stan Newell, Mike Parker, David Pickworth and Father John Travers for their assistance in organising the unveiling ceremony.
Also, Flt Lt J.J. Agate, Flt Lt Paul Terry and the Air Cadets from 2428 Hedge End Squadron, Liz Apletree, Maurice Bennett, the BP Marine dept, Bob Grant (The Bugler), Sgt Mark Carter, Richard Clarke, PC Katherine Connelly, Charlotte Crook, George Curl, Mike Davies, Ron Gouge, John Hamilton, Ken MacCallum, the Maidenhead Heritage Centre (David Horton, Richard Poad, John Webster and Mike Wilkey), Todd Powers, Suzie Rickman, the Royal Air Forces Association, the Royal British Legion, the St Andrew's Pipe Band (Anthony Church, Graeme Hargreaves, Donald Lendrum, Cristina Maple, Daren Maple, Theresa Maple, Iona MacDonald, John MacDonald, Richard Meicle, Rob Millar, Hugh Murray, David Pickworth, Ben Scotsan), Leanne Robinson, Dave Taylor, Jan Thompson, PCSO Scott Weston and Brian Williams for their help on the day.
And finally, we would like to express our the thanks to the representatives from the Air Transport Auxiliary (Annettte Hill, Freydis Sharland, Joy Lofthouse, Mary Ellis, Maggie Frost, Peter Garrod, Peter George, Rosemary Seccombe) and all those who made the unveiling ceremony on the 10 July 2010 such a special occasion.
Pilot Joe Dible and Pilot Owen Watts flew past the unveiling in Joe's 1937 Foster Wikner Wicko, which was previously owned by two ATA lady pilots Phillipa Bennett and Lettice Curtis.
Joe Dible (left), Mike Watts (centre), Owen Watts (right) with Foster Wikner Wicko G-AFJB.