High points at Ayscoughfee for aviation fans

Kev Rumens has flown the Vulcan XH558
Kev Rumens has flown the Vulcan XH558
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Flying fanatics will be in their element at a series of events at Ayscoughfee Hall over the coming months.

On the last Sunday of each month between April and September, the historic Spalding venue is hosting an aviation-themed talk by a special guest.

Kev Rumens

Kev Rumens

Each event is limited to 40 people, so anyone interested in attending is advised to book early to avoid missing out.

The events kick off on Sunday, April 30 with Peter Hardy from the National Memorial Arboretum presenting ‘A World Class Centre of Remembrance’.

Peter is a long-standing volunteer guide at the National Memorial Arboretum and will outline the history and development of the site and provide a visual tour of some of the memorials, explaining the symbolism and stories behind them.

Sunday, May 28 sees Alan Taylor and Syd Marshall return to speak about the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Their session will focus on the flight’s formation and subsequent history.

On Sunday, June 25 Anthony Knight from the Typhoon Entente Cordiale Trust will give a talk on the history of the Hawker Typhoon aircraft.

The plane is a forgotten hero of World War Two and Anthony will focus on its technology, design and exciting stories of its pilots.

On Sunday, July 30 Professor Trevor Kerry presents ‘The Falgate Talk’. Donald Falgate was a Grimsby man who quickly volunteered for service in World War Two.

He joined an Australian squadron based at Waddington and was a bomb aimer, and a master bomber. He survived a complete tour of duty and then went on to forge a peace-time career in the RAF.

Kev Rumens will talk about his career as a Modern Day Bomber Pilot on Sunday, August 27. Kev has flown the Vulcan XH558 as well as Tornados and he may also touch on his commercial flying of the Dreamliner.

On Sunday, September 24 Alastair Goodrum will focus on ‘Women in Aviation’.

His talk will feature a selection of female aeronauts who have made significant contributions to the world of aviation during the past 200 years.

All of the events start at 2pm and cost £5 per person. To book tickets contact Ayscoughfee Hall on 01775 764555 or email museum@sholland.gov.uk.