Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 27, 2012 0:07:02 GMT 12
A request from the Mosquito First Flight team, of which I am a volunteer member:
If you are planning to travel by car to the the Ardmore Mosquito event, either from around the Auckland area or from further afield around the country, would you consider helping us to get a Mosquito veteran or veterans to the event please? We would like to get as many along as possible if we can both for the flying display in the dayrime and the Honour Dinner on the evening of the 29th of September. We realise some veterans will not be able to drive the distance or afford to fly from other cities. If you have a spare seat in your car would you please consider offering it to a veteran to help transport them to and from the event? You could be their minder for the day and have a very memorable car trip with lots of stories and nostalgic memories, and you could make a veteran extremely happy on a day that neither of you will forget.
If you can assist with a veteran car pool, please contact me by email at email@example.com and we'll buddy you up with someone if there are veterans in your area or that you can pick up on the way. We have a list of Mossie vets all over NZ, so the chances are good. The only consideration for you is that if the veteran intends to attend the Honour Dinner at Ardmore you might have to buy a ticket and go with him - which would not be a bad thing either!
Speaking of walking down SH1 [and slightly off-thread] I once had an elderly WW2 Veteran neighbour name of Harry England, who used to walk everywhere in Lower Hutt and always greeted everyone he met, until his caregiver son decided he needed looking after and placed him in a retirement village in Waikanae. Well, Harry had been a PoW apparently, and on deciding he din't like the Village, upped sticks and took off back to LH. When he was discovered missing, the staff called the police, and they went looking and were driving through OTAKI when they spotted him. The cops confirmed his ID and offered him a ride back, but he was having none of that: "I'm not bloody going back there, and you two can bugger off aswell"."Fair enough" said the cops, "how about we run you home instead? "
Post by Dave Homewood on Jun 27, 2012 22:49:56 GMT 12
Back on topic, here is the official press release about the Air Display and the special Honour Dinner on the 29th of September. Note the change in entry price for adults to the air display compared with the original notice circulated, but still damned good value for money.
I hope a lot of you can make it to both, a once in a lifetime opportunity really.
Post by Dave Homewood on Jul 4, 2012 19:42:55 GMT 12
Ivan is certainly on the list of veterans who will be invited. That offer is very nice, we'll keep it in mind. (As part of the Mosquito First Flight team, I am the official Mosquito Veteran point of contact for the event and dinner, if you guys didn't already know this).