Fifty Golden RAF Years – 14th June 1968

Thankyou Malcolm for this piece and the pictures,
Fifty Golden RAF Years
Her Majesty The Queen has made few visits to Abingdon during her long reign but she did carry out a Royal Review of the Royal Air Force on the airfield exactly 50 years ago on 14th June 1968. The occasion was a celebratory one marking the 50th anniversary of the RAF and included a flying display with tactical demonstrations together with a mass flypast of fighters and bombers. An impressive static display comprised many aircraft representing types in service during the first 50 years.
Fifty Golden RAF Years
The ‘50′ formation took place the day of the Royal Review.

The day of the Royal Review was a closed event but the display was repeated the following day when the base was open to the public.
Fifty Golden RAF Years
On the public day the Jet Provosts increased in number to form the Queen’s Cypher.
Fifty Golden RAF Years
The Lockheed Hercules was new into RAF service in 1968 and is shown here carrying out an ultra low-level air delivery (ULLA) as part of the mock assault set-piece. The ULLA system was developed by the Air Transport Development Unit (ATDU) in conjunction with the Joint Air Transport Establishment (JATE), both units were based at RAF Abingdon at the time. I think the MoD has a liking for acronyms!

This year the Royal Review to mark the centenary of the RAF will take place at RAF Fairford on the first day of the Royal International Air Tattoo. Three days beforehand, on the 10th July, a mass flypast of one hundred aircraft will overfly The Mall and Buckingham Palace. Let’s hope the weather then is as good as it was in Abingdon in 1968!

Fifty Golden RAF Years
Last picture is for anybody who grew up in the 60s showing the BBC1 schedule for 14th June 1968 taken from The Birmingham Post in British Newspaper Archive – All Rights Reserved. The Newcomers, the soap opera to rival ITVs Coronation Street, was on at 7.05pm.

2 Comments June 14, 2018

Abingdon Town Magazine

Abingdon Town Magazine
Edition One of Abingdon Town Magazine popped through the letter box of every home in Abingdon a few weeks ago. It is a wonderful magazine for local stories and content. A lot of magazines and local newspapers have some local content but are filled out with more general information. Abingdon Town Magazine is all about Abingdon.
Abingdon Town Magazine
There was a visit for a meal to the Limoncello restaurant.
Abingdon Town Magazine
There was an article about authentic Polish food on our doorstep, with four polish recipes from Polski Sklep Żubr, and an article about Aunt Sally, the local pub stick and skittle game.
Abingdon Town Magazine
There was an interview with John North of Masons, and My Abingdon by Matt Heritage of the Brewery Tap. And lots more.

I look forward to the next edition.

11 Comments June 12, 2018

Trinity Learning fund raiser

Trinity Learning
Carswell pupils Eloise, Eva, Jack and Sam, along with Mums Bex and Leah, raised £330 by running in the Blenheim Fun Run in April this year. Today they presented Trinity Learning with a giant cheque towards its work in Abingdon schools.

Trinity Learning began in October 2009, when Trinity Church, Abingdon, appointed Rosemary Perrow as their Education & Development Officer. Her remit was to explore ways in which the church could use its time, talents and space to enhance the quality of life for all those working in local schools – both students and staff.

Leave a Comment June 11, 2018

Miu Beautique

Country Market Craft
The Miu Beautique had their grand opening on 8th June with special offers. They are the latest nail salon in Abingdon, and are located in the the premises previously run by the Ha Noi Cafe.

I did wonder why there so many nail salons set up in Abingdon. According to an old Financial Times article‘The confluence of low start-up costs and the popularity of nail fashions has led a diverse group of entrepreneurs to venture into nail salons.’

‘Nail bars expand by continuously innovating to attract repeat customers: “In nails you can be more outrageous than with cosmetics on your face.”

4 Comments June 10, 2018

Country Market Craft, Book Signings, and Rainbow Picnic

Country Market Craft
The Abingdon Country Market was at the Salvation Army in West St Helen Street today, and featured, as usual, the colourful craft stalls.
Book Signing
There were two book signing in town today. At The Bookstore two local ladies were in love with the same man and they both wrote their diaries – mostly about him. He was a musician, and all this happened in the 1960s. The diaries are now revealed, and published in a novel as ‘Only One Woman’.
Book Signing
At Mostly Books, former co-owner, Nicki Thornton, was signing books. She is now the author of ‘The Last-Chance Hotel’, winner of The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition. There will be another piece about Nicki’s book later this month.
Rainbow Picnic
Meanwhile on the Market Place a picnic started at around 3:30pm.
Rainbow Picnic
It could be the start of another great Abingdon Tradition – Rainbow Picnics on the Market Place.

2 Comments June 9, 2018

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