Flying start to Carnaby airfield memorial plans

Sir Greg Knight and Kate Dawson Pulling the first pint of FIDO beer.
Sir Greg Knight and Kate Dawson Pulling the first pint of FIDO beer.

Wartime nostalgia filled the air at Carnaby during a special 1940s event to raise awareness of plans to build a new memorial to the airman who served at the base.

The Carnaby Airfield Memorial Trust have ambitious plans to install a life-size replica of a Lancaster bomber on the industrial estate to pay tribute to the wartime airman.

Saturday’s event at Ferns Farm Hotel, which fell on the 70th anniversary of the runway opening, marked the start of the trust’s fundraising drive to turn that idea into reality.

A specially brewed ale, named FIDO after the wartime operation, was launched on the night with Bridlington MP Sir Greg Knight on hand to pull the first pint.

A charity auction, raffle and fancy dress competition proved popular as around 60 people took a trip back in time, with the Air Cadet Drummers providing the soundtrack.

Committee member and landlady of the Ferns Farm Hotel, Kate Dawson, said: “We think it’s going to take about two years to get the Lancaster put up. We don’t know exactly how much it will cost, certainly at least £100,000 but probably more.

“The parish council have been keen to do something to commemorate the airmen for years and we are so pleased that we have the support of Sir Greg Knight.

“We don’t know how much we raised on Saturday but we think it was quite a considerable amount..

“We have a lot more fundraisers planned including a blackout night and a Christmas dinner using a menu from 1944.

“A lot of local people and people from all over the world worked on the airfield so there are a lot of people with connections to Carnaby.”

FIDO ale is brewed by the Old Mill Brewery and is available at Ferns Farm Hotel and at other Old Mill Pubs soon.

There are also plans to get it on tap at the Houses of Parliament after Sir Greg Knight made inquiries.

5p from every pint of FIDO sold over the next three months will go towards the trust’s fundraising appeal.

If you have any ideas to help the Carnaby Airfield Memorial Trust raise money contact Kate Dawson at the Ferns Farm Hotel.