As the webmaster of 102 Ceylon Squadron I have to say that I have been to three of these so far, once at the 2011 reunion, once at last yrs Rem Day, and this last weekend.
As you will have seen already, we had with us Ron Parsons, Mid Upper Gunner from Ted Mooring's crew, and I had asked Glynn, Ron's son what he thought about his dad laying the wreath on the Sunday.
He said he thought is was a great idea and everyone I spoke to on the Saturday had no problems at all with Ron performing this duty... none at all..
I could write, and write, and write and still not come close to explaining what it was like to watch Ron walk those fifteen or so steps, lay that wreath, and then walk back. I watched grown men and women cry as Ron made his way back to his waiting wife and family, it will be something that will stay with me for the rest of my life.. I phoned every person I had invited to the reunion when I got back home, and every one of them mentioned Ron.
BRAVO Flight Sergeant Parsons, BRAVO !!!
Note: I have so many of these photos that I have decided to just add them to the page as static photo's, they won't go any bigger. IF, I think one deserves to be shown bigger, as in the other pages where you click it with your mouse, it will say so underneath.
Colin Stevens a memeber of the Gliding club and a VERY good friend of the Association.
I was a little apprehensive of how Dad would be when it came to laying the wreath at the memorial but he did it with such dignity, holding back his emotions, we were all very proud of him and the rest of the Vets they are such brave men.
We drove through Pocklington on the way home to see if Dad recognized the place and he did, especially the Feathers pub. He said he couldn't remember the name of it but would be able to take us there. He recognized the Feathers and the Black Bull.
When we went to the street naming ceremony it was nice to see a town remembering the brave men of so many years ago. . We all had a great time and will be returning again I am sure.
Colin Stevens laid a wreath on behalf of the Gliding Club, something he has been doing for many years and a word of thanks here... As you have already heard from Colin, he ensures that the Memorial and Sir Gus Walker's bench are kept in a clean and tidy state, and on behalf of everyone connected to the Squadron, Thank you Colin.. THANK YOU!!
After the wreath laying everyone went into the club house and enjoyed refreshments.
Judith Stevens and Jean Fox deserve a mention for providing the tea, coffee and biscuits after the wreath laying. This aspect of the Reunion has proved enormously popular over the last few years.