BATTLE OF BRITAIN REMEMBERED
September 23 2012.
This year, as the Seahaven Branch of the Royal Airforces Association was unable to organise the annual dinner to commemorate the Battle of Britain, the local branch of The Royal Society of St George stepped in and made the arrangements. The dinner took place on Saturday 22nd September at the Seaford Head Golf Club and was attended by members and friends of both organisations. An address about the Battle of Britain was given by Squadron Leader Graham Laurie MVO RAF(Rtd) who described the battle, highlighting not only the bravery and hard work of the pilots, but also those on the ground, both from the services and the civilians involved, showing how so many people had a hand in bringing about the victory, which then saw the end of Hitler's plans to invade this country. The Squadron Leader, a member of The Royal Society of St George is a retired RAF pilot, who finished his career with the Queen's Flight and was the captain of the aircraft that returned the late Princess of Wales's body from Paris.
During the evening, the President of the Seahaven Branch, Don Mabey, presented audio equipment to Councillor Anthony White, Seaford's Deputy Mayor, for use by the Seaford Base, which is at the Salts, a scheme to encourage young people to produce and make music. He thanked The Royal Society of St George for the gift and explained how it will be used.
Present at the dinner were the Mayor and Mayoress of Telcombe, Councillor John Living and Helen, as well as the Mayors of Peacehaven and Seaford, Councillor Eileen Russell and Terry, and Councillor Linda Wallraven with her consort Liz Holland.
The branch's next event is on Sunday 21st October for Trafalgar Day. This will be a formal dinner to be held at Deans Place Hotel in Alfriston.
The Chairman, Bob Peedle MBE, reminded those present that on Sunday 30th September, two branch members, Committee Member Laurie Holland and President Don Mabey will be receiving the Freedom of the Town of Seaford.
Pictured above: A cheerful Anthony White receives the gift for Seaford's Base from The Royal Society of St George's branch president, Don Mabey.