TV star takes a trip down Memory Lane as Antiques Roadshow heads to RAF Coningsby

Graham Lay, family links with RAF Coningsby
Graham Lay, family links with RAF Coningsby

Expert Graham Lay will be following in some family footsteps when he takes part in the hit BBC programme Antiques Roadshow at RAF Coningsby next month.

Mr Lay is one of the most familiar faces on the programme, delighting audiences with his knowledge on all things military.

The programme will be recorded at RAF Coningsby on Thursday May 28.

It will be a trip down ‘Memory Lane’ for Mr Lay as his father and grandfather helped build the base during the Second World War.

And, he twice visited RAF Coningsby himself when he was first a member of and then an instructor in the Air Training Corps.

Mr Lay, who lives in Sussex, told the News: “I’m really looking forward to coming back to Coningsby and it promises to be a very emotional visit for me.

“My father and grandfather both worked on the construction of the base.

“In fact, my father can still recall handing out petrol coupons during the war to all the lorry drivers who brought things into the base.

“I was there in the 80s as an instructor in the Air Training Corps and it will be interesting to see whether anything has changed, or whether anything remains from my father and grandfather’s days.”

Thousands of people are expected at the base for the show and visitors are reminded they need photo ID to secure access to the base.