For the last two years we have welcomed members of the RAF 100 Group during their annual reunion. The lives of these visitors, or those of their relatives, were linked to our church at a time when the surrounding fields were filled with the noise of men and machines.
We shared stories and recollections of another era over tea and cake. Memories were enhanced by an exhibition about RAF Swannington and biographies about some of those who lived and served here. The Merlin engine from a Mosquito, which took its last fatal flight from RAF Swannington during World War Two, told its own tale. All this was accompanied by live music from the1940s sung by the very talented John and Chrissie.
Outside we were treated to the sight of a 1930s biplane which followed the perimeter track to fly over us and the church. We then gathered around the memorial to Swannington Airfield for a simple remembrance service, led by Reverend Andrew. In the presence of standard bearers, wreaths were laid. We then remembered those who serve and have served our country during a two minute silence. Together, whilst remembering the past, we made new memories and friendships.
Find out more about the RAF 100 Group on the webpages for the City of Norwich Aviation Museum: www.cnam.org.uk