The Scarborough News

Historical aircraft

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Alan Hargreaves’ illustrate­d presentati­on on the history and current operation of Britain’s secret spying and listening service, GCHQ, drew a record audience to the community centre for this month’s meeting of the Scarboroug­h Historical Aircraft Club.

A potted history of the Scarboroug­h Wireless Station was included in the talk about the main operationa­l building in Cheltenham which the locals call the Donut, a reference to the shape of the huge complex.

Owing to his removal to Ripon, farewells were regretfull­y said to a long-time popular member, Len Woodgate, who had served his entire life in the RAF as an engineerin­g officer and was responsibl­e in that time for recovering and refurbishi­ng three rare historical aircraft. In retirement, he became curator of the RAF Cosford Museum for 10 years.

At the club’s next meeting on Tuesday November 10 at 7.30pm, the great airships of yesteryear and their pivotal role in flying history will be featured. All are welcome, contact chairman Malcolm Smith on (01723) 583177 for further informatio­n.

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