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  The 5th Fairlop Remembrance Service 11th November 2013

The Royal Air Force flag flies alongside the South African flag. Several Nationalities flew from Fairlop and those South African personnel are specially remembered this year.

David Martin of the Fairlop Heritage Group (left) reads the Roll of Honour of Servicemen who gave their lives while serving at Fairlop Aerodrome during two World Wars. Max Bean (above) reads from "The Fallen"

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them".

 Also above, the Rev. Lovesey leads the Prayers and also Prayers are conducted by the Rabbi Hulbert (below).  Derek Hall reads a letter from The Lord Carrington who is a supporter of the Fairlop Aerodrome Memorial.


 Before the Wreath laying the National Anthems of The United Kingdom and South Africa are played.

The Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Felicity Banks stands by the   Memorial to those who served their Country in two world wars. This is the first time a permanent memorial has been placed here, and represents the three sites in the area of airfields from both world wars.

The Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Felicity Banks lays the first wreath.

Ilford North MP Lee Scott Patron of the Fairlop Heritage Group follows The Mayor in laying a wreath.

He is watched by Harold Bennett (left), now age 92, the first to fly operational from Fairlop.


Above, the Leader of the Redbridge Council, Cllr. Keith Prince lays a wreath, and individuals and representatives of other groups are represented by a local police officer, schoolchildren from King Solomon's High School and Fairlop Primary School. Some plant a small Cross or a David's star