Battle of Britain veterans attend Woodhall Spa event

Woodhall Spa's Kinema in the Woods ENGEMN00120130424101212
Woodhall Spa's Kinema in the Woods ENGEMN00120130424101212

Veterans of the Battle of Britain will be among a glittering guest list at a special gala showing at the Kinema in the Woods in Woodhall Spa tomorrow (Friday).

As part of the 75th anniversary commemorations of the Battle of Britain (BoB), Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire is a hosting a black tie gala showing of the film “The Battle of


The event is in aid of the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust.

There will be a number of high profile guests attending – the most important of which are three surviving veterans from the Battle itself. Wing Cdr Tom Neal, Sqn Ldr Tony Pickering and Flying Officer Ken Wilkinson.

Also in attendance will by the former Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshall Sir Michael Graydon and his wife Lady Graydon.

Sir Michael is currently President of the BoB Memorial Trust.

Mr Shane Bissett, Director of Commemorative Coins and Medals at the Royal Mint, will be present.

The Royal Mint is planning to present the veterans with specially struck coins marking the event.

Simon Atack, the esteemed aviation artist, will unveil his latest work dedicated to those in the BoB.

A large number of leaders and representatives from Lincolnshire County Council and the District Councils will also be present, as will senior executive members of the Royal Air Force from the bases around the county.

The evening will begin with an informal arrival at the nearby Petwood Hotel before guests are transported to the adjacent cinema by a shuttle service of coaches.

Once there, a band will be playing appropriate music as guests mingle outside the cinema.

At 18.40 hrs a Spitfire and Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, flown by Sqn Ldr Dunc Mason, OC BBMF, and Flt Lt “Parky” Parkinson, will perform a flypast overhead. They will quickly rush from their base at Coningsby, on landing, to return to the cinema by car.

Following the film, guests will return to the Petwood for a champagne reception during which time interlude music will be played and the presentations will take place.

Heather Little will perform songs from the period.

In addition to the presentations, a raffle will take place and all monies will go to the Memorial Trust.