JK "Let them eat cake. What does it mean to "preserve our hawker heritage"? In my humble opinion, our hawker heritage has two essential elements.
Visit his websites about the RAF's 36 and Squadrons: Kevin Webster Well, almost 40 years anyway. Together with Linton-on-Ouse, Dishforth and Topcliffe it was one of the bases often frequented by an eager group of teenage boys dressed in the itchy blue serge battledress of the Air Training Corps.
There were no girls in the Corps back then. It was there that I made my first flight in a Chipmunk not the awful singing group of those days, but the venerable DeHavilland aeroplane! It wasn't the first time I had flown in an aircraft.
Nevertheless, it was the Chipmunk that we had all been taught about. We took it all very seriously. I think many of us expected that something would be bound to happen to the pilot, and we would have to bring the ship safely home.
Well, we had spent hours of survival lectures, in anticipation of an emergency parachute jump. So the great day came and I was one of a group of lads who were picked for a Saturday morning trip to Church Fenton. Someone asked "where is it?
My older brother Martyn, who'd been in the Corps before me, had taken me there once on the back of his Vespa scooter. Now he was in the RAF.
Somehow, I think we went to Church Fenton by train from Bradford. It was just before the infamous Doctor Beeching wielded his axe, but I seem to remember piling out of a train and being picked up by a Bedford three-tonner. There again, my advancing senility may well have got the wrong location.
This is because I lost my treasured many years ago any ex-cadet will know what one of those is! What I do remember of that day, apart from the thrill of getting strapped into the rear of that Chipmunk cockpit, was the feeling that I had really grown up at last. OK, so I was only fourteen-and-a-half, but as that little silver aeroplane cleared the Fenton circuit and the pilot said over the intercom "you have control" and I took the stick in my hand, I felt as though I might have been born in the clouds.
I came down to earth with a bump. Not in the Chipmunk - the landing was perfect. I refer to my statement about feeling really grown-up. In the lunch queue at the Airmens' Mess, I was rudely elbowed out of the way by an adult SAC who said something about "bloody sprogs" whatever that meant. Apprentice at RAF Hereford.
It's good to know that Church Fenton is still a going concern.
I never made my way back there in the time I served in the RAF, but it will always have a very important place in my memory. I had some great times there and have to say how nice the camp looked in spring, it was covered in Blossom Trees, Daffodils etc, and the Spitfire on the gate now flying again attracted many worshipers who if you could get them talking about their recollections usually ended up in the Flyer paying for the drinks while we put up with the yarns.
I remember my wife's surprise when we first moved to Fenton, we had just come back from 3 years at Akrotiri our house there was the size of a ranch.
It took no time at all to buy a house near Selby where we still live.
I remember a tree outside 27 where the kids had hung a rope about 15 foot long with knot's in it for them to stand on as they swung from a branch about 10 feet above the ground. Anyone remember Thud Nut? Number 19 Fighter Squadron consisted of about ten Hawker Hunter fighter jets, half-a-dozen aging Gloucester Meteors and one two-seater de Havilland Vampire twin-boom jet for training.
My job as a servicing recorder was to maintain minute -to-minute information on the status of each aircraft using Hollerith cards — a sort of early computer. Shortly before my arrival in autumnSquadron with their Gloster Meteors had been merged with 19 Squadron. The Meteors on 19 Squadron were 2-seater variants with with long, black, glass-fibre nose-cone extensions housing radar used by the navigator for night flying.
When I arrived Church Fenton was in the process of recruiting musicians for a station band asking for volunteers who could play an instrument. What they omitted to mention was that they meant to establish a brass band.Here are J.
Kevin Webster's memories of his first flight in an RAF Chipmunk from Church Fenton sometime in Visit his websites about the RAF's 36 and Squadrons. CHURCH FENTON FORTY YEARS AGO By J. Kevin Webster Well, almost 40 years anyway. Together with Linton-on-Ouse, Dishforth and Topcliffe it was one of the bases often frequented by an eager group of teenage boys .
This Singapore food guide includes 25 dishes that you should eat, and the hawker stalls and restaurants where you can eat them. Get ready to start eating! Understandably, we should keep food prices affordable. Equally, we must ensure that younger generations patronise hawker centres in future.
They are now under-represented in the customer base. By KF Seetoh of Makansutra First it was all about bold pricing strategies, which is actually the simple act of raising hawker food prices through the roof.
Now, it's about the prospect of privatising hawker centres, which can lead to the same Continue reading →. After being taken down twice by Blogger within a single week, we got the message: It’s Time To Go. Gates of Vienna has moved to a new address. Three year-old graduates from a prestigious culinary school decided to preserve the hawker culture in Singaproe with their Japanese fusion food.
We took some time to find a suitable hawker centre out of the selection that were up for bids,” he assured. unique food combinations or concepts at hawker centres tend to be a bit more pricey.