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    Found some pictures re RAF Debden before it closed down

    1/ Sunday 29th June 1969 Mass Bands of East Essex Wing ATC Bands practicing on the main grass area (we had to do this because previous practicing in one of the Hangers was a disaster due to sound problems (What a surprise).



    2/ The program showing the Bands of the Eastern Wing at the Royal Tournament



    3/ The Band ready to perform at the Royal Tournament



    4/ The Band taking the Salute.




    This was obviously a major event for the ATC who had done all their training at RAF Debden and we went onto do several other events also.

    I still have the Original photos (above) and an Official program of the Event Royal Tournament 1969
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    Another bit of nostalgia the Band members of 2243 Sqn Basildon who won the East Essex Wing Inter-Squardron Band Contest held at RAF Debden at the RAF Royal Gala Day 29th June 1969 (Approx 1 month before The Royal Tournament).


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    A wee memory from Debden.
    Many, many years ago when I was probably four years old my little friends and I were by a telegraph pole that had a fire alarm a good way up.....
    There's no glass in that.
    Yes there is.
    No there's not.
    Yes there is.
    No there's not.

    None of us could reach the box but I had a belt with a toy fireman's axe attached. A sturdy toy with a wooden handle and very solid rubber head.
    I stood up on my toes and walloped the fire alarm box.
    There was no glass in it but the tip of my axe hit the button, right in the middle.
    As luck (sloppy luck) would have it there had been a false alarm the night before so a station copper came hurtling up the road in his landrover to make sure things were genuine before alerting the relevent people.
    I took off like a future Olympic athlete with the voices of my little friends (?) ringing in my ears

    It was him.
    He did it.

    I made it into the house and hid behind a curtain crying

    Don't let that man get me, don't let that man get me.

    Of course the copper had seen where I'd bolted to and soon knocked at the door.
    Everything was sorted out to satisfaction but by the time my dad got in from work he'd heard all about it and all hell broke loose.
    I never did see that fireman's axe again !
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    I was on Fire Picket that day...........

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    EEEEEEEEEEEEEEK !

    This would be around the time the station workshops got flooded, I remember seeing the wood shavings floating on the water.
    They were building new houses opposite ours and one of the builders told me I could play in one mound of sand but not to touch the other. When no-one was looking I dived straight into the other mound. I don't know what was in that sand but it took most of the skin off my fingers.
    I remember a lot of the blokes rushing to get home from work so they could watch Thunderbirds on the TV.
    While we were there I saw my mum cry for the first time, it was when Churchill died, and I didn't understand what all the fuss was about.

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    I was nearly correct then. I was based at Debden (Bomb Disposal) when Sir Winston Churchill died. I watched the funeral on TV in a pub in Saffron Walden. (I lied about being on Fire Picket. As BD we didn't do Station duties, we had our own)

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    I've just remembered, there was some sort of model car club and in one of the buildings was a bloody great track on a table where lots of grown men raced cars around.
    I still have a colour newspaper supplement from back then covering Churchill's funeral and his life and times.

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    Do these 2 Huts along Thaxted Road have anything to do with the airfield?

    http://g.co/maps/vk4ue

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    Quite likely. May be part of a dispersed site or moved to the farm post-war.

    Nice Romneys but is that black shed in front a Dutch Barn?

    The metal shed in the NE corner is post-war methinks.
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    Here is a image from Mr Brothmark from Debden

    of the pens

    could this be in the same area , C/O ww2 in colour , and Rudeerude



    looks similar
    Regards Ian

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