Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk
These photos, which just about exhaust my collection of aviation signs, represent both ends of the aviation spectrum.
“The Man in Space” is in Stockwood, Bristol, as is “The Concorde”. The weather vane tops the Travel Inn at Filton on the roundabout that carries an Airbus sign and a wings type sculpture.
“Air Balloon Tavern” is in St. George, Bristol, but I have no idea why it is so named.
“The Flying Monk” was a pub sign until the building was turned into a bar, club or similar. The sign now resides in the Malmesbury museum. According to legend in the year 1010 a young monk at Malmesbury Abbey named Eilmer decided to try flying from the abbey tower. Apparently his flight covered a few hundred yards but, as no thought had been given to landing, the flier crashed and broke both legs. He survived and lived a long life hobbling around on his mended limbs.
Does this mean that in 2010 we should be celebrating the millennium of manned flight in the UK?
The Dambuster's Inn is actually quite a new pub. It was originally (and during the war years), the village post office. We've been in it (once) and it has, or rather had, all manner of memorabilia in it and is even marked on the OS maps as a museum. Recently, however, the owners seems to have "disappeared" and the pub is currently empty. As os 11th November 2007, the pub's web site has been dormant, so it says. There was a lengthy thread about this over on Key. If anyone knows any different, please let us know!Originally Posted by jason
Chris- The pub is open and still has loads of items relating to the Dambusters including photos taken during the 1950's film which itself was filmed at Scampton.
These are a few shots of some of the items.
Memorial in the porchway.
Medals of those who took part in the raids
And some of their signatures
I forgot this thread was here as I posted a sign on the memorial thread.
I will remove it and place it here.
Weston Colville, near to Wratting Common, Cambs.
Hemington, closer to RAF Polebrook than Polebrook.
Is that Melbourne in Yorkshire airfields man?
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