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Beverley’s RAF Military History Board and Why the Town is blooming with giant poppies – 100 Years On

The Town Council supports and thanks the Beverley Branch of the Royal British Legion for donating giant poppies, which will be placed around the town on the parade route to help commemorate the 100th year anniversary of the end of World War One, and also the formation of the Royal Air Force. This follows on from the recycled poppy theme from summer initiated by the Town Council including the Bloom Group, East Riding and Bishop Burton College, Knit and Natter and Tomorrow’s Youth who created around 1,000 poppies to decorate the Hengate Memorial Gardens.  This complements Beverley Minster’s Poppy installations, displays and WW1 Sand Sculpture on display at present.

Beverley Town Council commenced the Great War centenary commemorations in August with sponsorship towards the SSAFA Beauty from Chaos Flower Festival, and by holding the Mayor of Beverley, Cllr Bryan Pearson’s Civic Service hosted by St Mary’s Church, which included poetry reading from Other Lives Productions, singing from the Four Candles and Stephen Goulden and the Humberside & South Yorkshire Army Cadet Band under the direction of Drum Major Andy Mead.

During August, Beverley Town Council commissioned the East Yorks Regiment Pin Cushion mural detailing the 47 Squadron Royal Flying Corp, created by Emma Garness in Hengate Gardens along with an RAF Roundel feature bed with a Search and Rescue Helicopter Rotor Blade, and RAF interpretation board, detailing the  Royal Flying Corp Beverley from 1916 to the present day RAF Leconfield 100 years on.  The Interpretation Board and Rotor Blade were kindly donated by the Defence School of Transport.  Beverley Manor Road Nursery School decorated poppy stones to place in the memorial gardens and held their own short service of ‘Remembering’ attended by the Mayor of Beverley. The Town Council sited two ‘There But Not There Tommy’s’ as an installation to the fallen. The War Memorial is lit up red leading up to Armistice Day to remember the fallen of Beverley.

In Lord Roberts Road Gardens a Poppy mural was created by local artist Millie Budworth.  ERYC and Beverley Town Council supplied an interpretation board detailing the military history of  Lord Robert’s,  Honorary Colonel of the Yorkshire Regiment in 1914.  Another There But Not There Tommy silhouette to the fallen was sited in the raised Poppy flower bed.

Beverley Town Council’s other two Tommy’s are on loan to and sited in the Minster and St Mary's Church for all to visit. The Great War Remembered Concert took place in Beverley Minster on 3 November attended by 450 people. Thanks go to the Humberside Police Concert Band, Fallen Leaves by Other Lives Productions, Cherie Lawrence and the Four Candles. Teas and Trench Cake was served in the interval.  Thanks go to Beverley Minster for the majestic venue. A total of £636 was raised for the local Poppy Appeal.

Beverley Town Mayor Cllr Bryan Pearson, said ‘’Beverley Town Council have worked collaboratively with local organisations and artists on various works to remember the fallen of Beverley and to say thank you, to those people who gave their lives, so we could live, they  will never be forgotten.  We will remember them always’’.  

Squadron Leader Nick White, Training Officer at DST said.  ‘’As we commemorate the Centenary of the Royal Air Force and the end of the First World War, it’s important to remember the long association that the town of Beverley has had with military aviation.  From the early days of the Royal Flying Corps operating from the Westwood, through the Battle of Britain, the Bomber Campaign over Germany and into Cold War, Beverley, and its neighbouring RAF units have played an important role in the defence of this country.  No less important is the contribution of RAF Search and Rescue crews operating from Leconfield – these personnel risking all to fly in any conditions to assist those in distress.  Whilst the RAF presence in the region is a fraction of what it used to be, we continue to be proud of our association with Beverley  and thank the townspeople for this lasting memorial’’.

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Bertie Beaver


Beverley Town Council

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East Yorkshire

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