Ro­tary is reach­ing for the skies

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - ROTARY CORNER - By Janet Cooke - email: janet.4.cooke@bt­in­ter­net.com

Mem­o­ries, mu­sic, and mer­ri­ment – Ro­tar­i­ans cre­ated a win­ning com­bi­na­tion for peo­ple liv­ing with de­men­tia in our city. Last week Cro­cus Cafe hosted Chris Bylett and his friends Char­lie and Des­mond Duck.

Chris in­tro­duced him­self as: “A man who’s paid to talk to him­self!”

Chris is a pro­fes­sional singer so he en­ter­tained mem­bers and car­ers with easy lis­ten­ing songs be­fore in­tro­duc­ing Char­lie who re­galed us with funny sto­ries.

After a break to top up cup­pas and cakes we then had the plea­sure of meet­ing an­other dummy - Des­mond Duck. It was won­der­ful to see so many smil­ing faces and lis­ten to the laugh­ter as they en­joyed a unique brand of ven­tril­o­quism, original jokes and saucy hu­mour. Ev­ery­one went home re­ally happy. The next day we all met again for a coach trip to the Bat­tle of Bri­tain Me­mo­rial Flight vis­i­tor cen­tre.

We di­vided into two groups and, while the first group set off for a guided tour in the hangar, we tucked into a sub­stan­tial lunch with soup, sand­wiches, sausage rolls and a huge va­ri­ety of cakes. After 90 min­utes we changed over and, while the first group feasted, it was our chance to see the Hur­ri­canes, Spit­fires, Chip­munks and a Dakota.

We had spe­cial dis­pen­sa­tion to walk right up to the air­craft, a real priv­i­lege that brought back many mem­o­ries for our mem­bers. Our guide was amaz­ing and told us fas­ci­nat­ing sto­ries about each plane and the brave peo­ple who flew them. The first group were es­pe­cially for­tu­nate as they ac­tu­ally saw the Lan­caster and watched it take off on a jour­ney to Hol­land – a rare sight.

We heard the char­ac­ter­is­tic roar and caught a fleet­ing glance as it flew over.

The time lit­er­ally flew by and it was time to board the coach for the jour­ney home.

A spe­cial thanks to ev­ery­one at the BBMF, the Sal­va­tion Army who al­low us to use their fa­cil­i­ties and Ro­tar­ian Deena Brooks who ar­ranged this very spe­cial out­ing for Cro­cus Cafe.

A weekly round-up of news and views from Ro­tary clubs in the Peter­bor­ough area: www.ro­tary1070.org

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