Local people remembered the sacrifice of the fallen and enjoyed a festival of aeroplanes at North Weald on Sunday 12 September 2010.
Local dignitaries, councillors and representatives of the armed forces held a moving tribute at St Andrews Church. Wreaths were laid and names of the fallen were read out as the last post was played. Veterans and families gazed skywards as a Seafire performed a flypast. Prayers were led by Rev Raynor Harries MBE.
Vintage and modern aircraft lined the tarmac at North Weald Airfield along with historic vehicles while re-enactment societies added additional colour. In the spirit of a community event pilots and members of the public mingled. Barriers were kept to a minimum as people touched the aeroplanes. The airfields venerable Catalina flying boat was even open for those adventurous enough to climb the access ladder.
Bouncy castles, merry-go-rounds and stalls added to the festival feel while demonstrations of samurai skills, dog obedience and children’s shows featured in the central arena.
The aircraft displays were not only static. Aerobatics and flypasts vied for peoples attention on a memorable day.
The event was organised jointly by Epping Forest District Council which owns the airfield and Weald Aviation.