Picture Gallery: ANZAC Day commemorations

A day of commemorations brought together the communities of Binbrook and Brookenby and spanned the generations on Saturday for ANZAC day.

Members of the Royal Australian Air Force were stationed at RAF Binbrook from 1943 to 1945 and, appropriately, it was at the Ident Square memorial events began, with a short service and wreath laying.

Paying tribute at the 460SQ RAAF Memorial in BInbrook EMN-150427-074804001

Paying tribute at the 460SQ RAAF Memorial in BInbrook EMN-150427-074804001

“It is about celebrating the achievements of 460 and remembering the sacrifices,” said Jon Ives, one of the event organisers.

And one person knew more than most about life during that period - veteran Dave Fellowes who had made the journey from his home in Sussex to attend the day’s events.

Also in attendance was F/O Phillipa Doyle, an RAAF traffic controller, currently on secondment to RAF Coningsby.

And it was a time too for families to learn more about their relatives part during that period and see where they had served.

Peter Nesbitt-Bell’s father Freddie had only been at Binbrook for 10 days before he was killed, along with his whole crew on a training flight.

And after a service in the church, housed in the former sergeants mess, Greg Tallents helped plant a commemorative eucalyptus tree.

Greg was representing his father Geoff, a bomb aimer with 460SQ in 19944/45, who, now aged 93, was unable to make the journey from Australia.

“It is a great honour to be asked to plant this tree on behalf of my dad,” said Greg.

“He would have loved to be here.”

Commemorations then moved to Binbrook for a further service of wreath laying at the 460SQ Memorial, where a large crowd gathered to pay their respects.

As this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings, which saw heavy losses for the ANZAC soldiers, among the wreaths was one from Gallipoli and Dardenelles International, laid by Margaret Plant whose fathered served at Gallipoli.

And the highlight of the day was the flypast by the BBMF Lancaster, bringing tears to many an eye.

“Despite the fact that the event was held with relatively short notice, and driven from over 5,000 miles away, the day was a delight with lots of new stories and many new acquaintances made,” said Jon Ives.

“A huge amount of effort went into the day and we would also like to thank visitors and residents who joined in.”

But the last word goes to veteran Dave Fellowes, who said: “It is fantastic to be back here at Binbrook - it is all part of life’s rich pattern.”