Honouring those who served at Hemswell

RAF Hemswell Day took place at Hemswell Cliff last week, as it has done on the third Wednesday of September since the formation of the RAF Hemswell Association in the 1990s.

The Association folded two years ago, but the parish council has taken over the event, which is held on the former parade ground at the station memorial.

Wreath layers and standard bearers in front of the Hemswell memorial, with the Rev MArk Briscoe EMN-140918-151223001

Wreath layers and standard bearers in front of the Hemswell memorial, with the Rev MArk Briscoe EMN-140918-151223001

“It is so important to keep it going and it is good to have the children from the school here taking part,” said Vicki Kirman, chair of Hemswell Cliff Parish Council.

The event remembers all those who served at the RAF base during its 30-year life, 1937 to 1967, as a major Bomber Command Station.

“It is perhaps more poignant this year as it coincides with the centenary period of the First World War,” said the Rev Mark Briscoe, who gave an address and led prayers.

“The station memorial serves to remind us not only of what was, but, if we dare to dream, what could be.”

The day was a chance for those who served at the base to catch up with old friends, but most importantly a day to remember and reflect.

Amongst those laying wreaths were representatives from the Bomber Command, Royal Air Force, Polish Air Force and Women’s Auxiliary Associations, as well as individual squadrons and local authorities.

And children from the village school each laid a flower of remembrance.

“Thank you to all for helping keep the spirit of RAF Hemswell alive,” added Mrs Kirman.