LETTER: Recalling the RAF heroes

Starting on July 10, and continuing throughout the summer, people across the country will be marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

As we recall those fateful days and celebrate the bravery of the airmen involved, we also remember our enduring debt of gratitude to all who serve or have served.

The RAF Benevolent Fund believes it is important for the country to share in the memory of that battle, which played out in the summer skies overhead and saw the heroism of ‘“the few” save Britain from invasion.

We want to invite people across the UK to join us in showing their thanks and celebrating a defining moment in our nation’s history.

That is why we are launching the RAF Benevolent Fund’s inaugural Great British Sunday Lunch.

A chance for families, friends, and communities to gather together on September 13 to host their own lunch.

We hope your readers will join us and help us raise vital funds so we can continue to support RAF veterans, serving personnel and their families.

Readers can find more information and sign up at www.rafbf.org/gbsl.

Air Marshal Christopher Nickols,

Controller,

RAF Benevolent Fund,

Portland Place,

London.

Poem: The very odd pair of shoes

The bright shop windows displayed the shoes,

Two-inch platforms that young girls choose.

Not for me, I was much more wise,

Mine were of a sensible size.

Then I looked down,

One black, one brown.

Silly goose! I daren’t turn around.

Mary Treveil,

Ardrossan Road,

Hartlepool.

Recalling the RAF heroes

Starting on July 10, and continuing throughout the summer, people across the country will be marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

As we recall those fateful days and celebrate the bravery of the airmen involved, we also remember our enduring debt of gratitude to all who serve or have served.

The RAF Benevolent Fund believes it is important for the country to share in the memory of that battle, which played out in the summer skies overhead and saw the heroism of ‘“the few” save Britain from invasion.

We want to invite people across the UK to join us in showing their thanks and celebrating a defining moment in our nation’s history.

That is why we are launching the RAF Benevolent Fund’s inaugural Great British Sunday Lunch.

A chance for families, friends, and communities to gather together on September 13 to host their own lunch.

We hope your readers will join us and help us raise vital funds so we can continue to support RAF veterans, serving personnel and their families.

Readers can find more information and sign up at www.rafbf.org/gbsl.

Air Marshal Christopher Nickols,

Controller,

RAF Benevolent Fund,

Portland Place,

London.

Pen to Paper

The photograph in RetroMail (Mail, May 14) shows the turbine house at Durham Paper Mills, Burn Road, Hartlepool.

The two men in the photograph could be Walter W Wilcox, chief engineer, and turbine operator Harry Lee.

There were three turbine operators, the others being George Hazelwood and George Wright.

The generator shown was rated at 3MW, 415 volts, 50 cycles, 3,000rpm.

It was used to supply power to all the machinery in the mill.

To the left of the photograph is a turbine, manufactured by R M Parsons.

It was very noisy and used alternately with the BTH machine.

In the background, behind the turbine, is a set of chains.

These operated an overhead gantry crane used for maintenance on both turbines.

Don Bartram,

Hutton Avenue,

Hartlepool.