From Blighty to Bassingbourn

Kneesworth, Herts.

6 - 9th June 2008

spitfire

We had a lovely weekend at Highfields Farm, Kneesworth in Hertfordshire. The surrounding fields were full of sheep and we saw the farmer going around in a truck with several sheep dogs in the back. It was amazing to watch how the dogs worked. The farmer used this method to keep a check on his sheep.

On the Saturday morning we went to Bassingbourn an old WW2 airfield and were shown round the control tower museum by volunteers this was very interesting and they even wound up 'moaning minnie' (air raid siren) for me. They also mentioned an American Cemetery near the village of Madingley in Cambridgeshire.

On the Sunday morning we went out for a drive and found the cemetery. At the entrance was a 72ft flag pole flying the American flag and around the base was the inscription of McCrae's poem - In Flanders Fields, Leading on from this were a series of oblong pools with high walls and statues on both sides with a role of honour. At the end was a cathedral type building. Inside there was a huge map of the battles of WW2 and the ceiling was decorated with a beautiful mosiac of all the aircraft that took part during the war. It was so peaceful and tranquil just to sit and look around you and listen to the birds.

Grateful thanks to Ted and Pat James and Tony and Frankie Hawkins, our hard working marshals, who made this a rally one to remember.

Barbara Roberts

Photos © & courtesy of Martin Roberts

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