The Remarkable Story and The Dedication Service. ' Copyright Terry Hall, Stanley Village'
Next year (2014) will be the 10th Anniversary of the dedication of the War Memorial. I think it nice that the relatives of the crew still attend the annual service on the nearest Saturday to the 12th July of that fateful day which also normally co-incides with West Hallam Well Dressing so when they have travelled from Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Holland it makes for an extended day for them.
The event was imprinted on many minds, and being on a Sunday evening after 'Chapel' and the family walks on the warm balmy evenings there were many that witnessed the crash including Bernard Walters the long time Church Warden of St Andrews who was the principle sponsor of the War Memorial and the person who asked me to undertake the task of a Commemoration War Memorial and Dedication which grew into an event which exceeded all our expectations not the least because the RAF viewed the event as the crew had never been afforded military honours as the task they were on was top secret with a high altitude pressurised cockpit and an experimental long range Oboe Radar thus it was all kept hush hush as one letter author put it. The BoBMF Lancaster undertook the Fly Past in their honour with a very unusual four flypasts several thousand in the vicinity of Stanley Village and on the surrounding hills. Another local event imprinted on the minds of many, but importantly we prove the sacrifice of the crew at war, and the benefits of enjoying pressurised flight we take for granted shows at the annual commemoration at the War Grave that We Do Remember Them
THE 70th anniversary of a Wellington bomber crash was commemorated during a service at St Andrew’s Church, Stanley, on Saturday.
Descendants of the crewmen, including Sarah Ruiterman, Ruth Russell, Andrew Russell and Hilary Eddleston, attended.
Natasha Ferrary plays the Last Post as standard bearers lower their flags during the service of remembrance for the Wellington Bomber crew at St Andrew's Church, Stanley.