The Former Royal Air Force Station Coltishall
Memorial Garden
Dedicated 22nd November 2010

During a rain swept ceremony today HMP Bure Governor Mrs Sue Doolan welcomed a large gathering of serving service personnel, ex serving members of the station and civilians from the surrounding parishes.

The route lining party was manned by Members of RAF Marham, many who were ex Coltishall, who had volunteered to route line on this special occasion. The Royal British Legion were also out in force, parading at the rear with standards flying.

After a rousing flypast by a Tornado from RAF Marham, Air Marshal Chris Harper, a former RAF Coltishall Station Commander unveiled a commemorative monument shaped in the form of a Hurricane windscreen and engraved with the former station crest, a Hurricane and Jaguar silhouette and, a map of the airfield site.

He reminded all those present that Coltishall had been one of the finest Royal Air Force Stations during the war years and indeed during all of it's 66 years in continuous service.

The Rev Elizabeth Bailey then delivered a dedication for the Memorial Gardens followed by an address by The Rev Peter Hansell



 The last post and one minutes silence then followed.



After sounding of the reveille. Basil Todd President, and David Welsh Chairman of the Spirit of Coltishall Association laid a wreath of poppies.

 The memorial has six cherry trees planted in memory of the personnel of number 41 Squadron who perished during a coach accident in Germany in 1983.
The trees were replacements for the original trees planted in front of the old Airmen's Mess, now in the grounds of HMP Bure

In the front are  four benches commemorating the last serving Jaguar Squadrons No.s 6,16, 41 and 54.

 

After the ceremony those present were given tea and coffee at the Battle of Britain Memorial Hall.

 On behalf of the Parish Council we thank the Ministry of Justice for The Memorial Garden and Mr Mervyn Cousins Estate Manger in particular for overseeing the project, and also along with Mr John Welton, Spirit of Coltishall Association for the organisation of this a very, very memorable and proud occasion.

If you wish to join or find out more on the Spirit of Coltishall Association follow this link www.spiritofcoltishall.com