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Reunion 2018

                                                                               66 Years to the day

 

  The 29 April1952 saw the formation of the 71st Entry. 29 April 2018 saw 10 members of the 71st Entry, with their partners, sitting in the salubrious surroundings of the Branston Hall Hotel celebrating at their ‘Gala’ dinner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Our programme started with the ‘Meet & Greet’ on Friday afternoon followed by dinner being served in a private room. This room was set aside for the exclusive use of the 71st entry throughout the weekend; even breakfast was served in there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                           

                               

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Saturday outing took us just three miles from our hotel to the International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC).

 

                                                                                                             One of our members, Peter Cunningham, is an

                                                                                                             accredited guide for the IBCC and on our arrival

                                                                                                             he briefed us on the history of the centre and outlined

                                                                                                             some details of the tour we would be taking during

                                                                                                             our visit. In spite of being relatively new, the outside  

                                                                                                             surrounds are becoming nicely established with the inside

                                                                                                             areas performing well.  The internal exhibition hall is

                                                                                                             certainly not to be missed.  The visual presentation and

                                                                                                             displays can only be described as exceptional, very

                                                                                                             informative and quite moving for anyone who may have

                                                                                                             lost someone in Bomber Command.( See photos in the

                                                                                                             attached gallery).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                           The entry had decided to give a donation to the IBCC

                                                                                                             which was gratefully received by a member of the IBCC staff.

 

                             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Sunday was left free for members to choose how they spent the

  day.  No problem there; if you wanted to be out and about, there

  are plenty of tourist attractions in the Lincoln area, many of them

  reflecting the RAF presence during the war.

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                          After a full day we retuned to the hotel and prepared

                                                                                                                          ourselves for the excellent Gala dinner which was

                                                                                                                          served at 19.00hrs.  

                                                                                                                          As usual, discussions led to a future reunion and

                                                                                                                          location; Lincolnwas a strong contender. Farewells

                                                                                                  were made after breakfast on Monday and

                                                                                                                          everyone agreed the reunion had been a great success.

 

                                                                                                                             Geoff Munge   Entry rep:

 

 

PS By coincidence the RAF Hemswell association were holding their annual ‘Get Together’ at Branston Hall. This association is open to anyone who spent time at RAF Hemswell and gave a chance for 2 of our members to introduce themselves.

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