Airfield staff take part in Menin Gate ceremony

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Operations staff based at North Weald Airfield took part in the famous Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate in Belgium.

Darren Goodey and Colin I’anson with the buglers

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The Menin Gate

On the evening of 10 June 2016 Darren Goodey and Colin I’anson laid a wreath on behalf of North Weald Airfield and the Epping Forest district at a moving ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres. The Menin Gate holds the names of over 55,000 allied soldiers who were lost and never found.

A truly humbling experience

North Weald Airfield Manager Darren Goodey said: “It was a truly humbling experience and an absolute honour to be part of such a fantastic tradition.”

“We laid our wreath not only to honour those killed or injured in the Great War, but also to mark the 100th anniversary of North Weald Airfield which came into being in 1916 as a Royal Flying Corp base.”

“The act of remembrance is led by members of the Last Post Association and the Belgian Fire Service so it seemed fitting that we wore our North Weald Fire and Rescue uniform.”