Air crews remembered in Norham

Air crews lost in the Cheviot Hills were remembered in a special service held in Norham for the first time.

Friday, 21st December 2018, 10:09 am
A service was held in Norham to remember air crews lost in the Cheviots.

The village was chosen as a gesture of respect for the 100th anniversary of the Armistice with it being the last resting place of one of the First World War’s most famous Victoria Cross recipients, Piper Daniel Laidlaw VC C de G.

On Saturday, a group of hardy souls gathered in the biting cold so a decision was made to move proceedings inside the village hall.

Following proceedings in the hall, a short parade was piped to the war memorial by Parade of Colours stalwart Piper Malcolm McEwan, of Hawick, where wreaths were relaid.

The sum of £52 was realised from the tombola. This will be rounded up to £100 and given to the RAF Benevolent Fund in memory of Sgt Bob O’Connor and the crew of Hercules XV179 lost during the Gulf War.

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Parade of Colours Team extend their sincere appreciation to ;- Linda at The Masons Arms, Norham Village Hall, GJ Sanderson Butchers Coldstream, Piper Malcolm Mcewan, Ms Michelle Lyle who represented the US Air Crews B17 44-6504 lost on the 16th December 1944, Mr Brian Derby-Pitt representing Canadian Air Crews, Wing Commander Chrys Murphy MBE who laid a wreath on behalf of the German Luftwaffe Military Attache to the UK, Cadet Sgt from 1016 Sqn RAF Cadets who represented US Air Forces UK, Leyton Blake from Chirnside Primary School who represented all Air Crews lost to our Cheviot Hills.

Sincere appreciation is expressed to Air Vice Marshal Sandy Hunter AFC, and in particular his worshipful Mayor of Berwick upon Tweed Cllr Brian Douglas and to Sheriff Judith Eltringham for again their exceptional support for the Parade of Colours and this small gesture of remembrance. Likewise grateful thanks is extended to Drummer Paul Rooney for his wonderful assistance in allowing use of Drums for the Drumhead, we are very grateful.