Plaque commemorates former airfield

A special plaque has been unveiled to commemorate the former Seahouses Airfield, also known as Elford, which opened in December 1916 and closed in 1919.

Thursday, 14th June 2018, 2:00 pm
Warrant Officer Karen Bowers from RAF Boulmer, Parish Council chairman Geoffrey Stewart and Area Dean, Revd. Canon Judy Glover with the Seahouses Airfield plaque. Picture by Jane Coltman

The plaque is located at the entrance to Seahouses’ main car park and was donated by the Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust.

Warrant Officer Karen Bowers, from RAF Boulmer, North Sunderland Parish Council chairman Geoffrey Stewart and Area Dean, Rev Canon Judy Glover, are pictured at the unveiling ceremony on Monday. Picture by Jane Coltman

The facility – an unpaved airfield at the time of operation – was used by the Royal Flying Corps, which merged into the Royal Air Force in 1918.

The former airfield is now open-grass land between Springhill and Elford.

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The Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust (ABCT), Britain’s first national airfield charity, is undertaking a one-off scheme to honour Britain’s First World War home defence fighter flight stations and landing grounds – such as Seahouses, which was also used as an anti-submarine patrol airfield – which played a major part in winning the conflict.

Reflecting on Seahouses Airfield, an ABCT spokesman said: “This surprisingly important place has won a World War, helped saved lives and allowed the freedom we now take for granted, revolutionised everyday society for the better and now enables people to operate an excellent environment, so it is morally more than due proper and immediate recognition.”

North Sunderland Parish Council chairman Geoffrey Stewart said that it was an important thing for the village to have.