Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Event - Commemorating the lives of the Canadian Aircrew (Creswell Crags)

On Saturday 21st May the Canadian High Commissioner is paying a special visit to Creswell Crags for a ceremony to mark the unveiling of the memorial stone which marks the tragic loss of life of five Canadian aircrew whose Wellington Bomber crash landed in 1944 close to the site. The event has been made possible through the kind gift by Joseph Plant who, in his will, wished to create a lasting memory of the airmen by erecting a memorial stone in memory of his friend Herbert Keeton.

Gerald Plant from Creswell and a key figure in the Memorial Committee said ‘We have been working hard to fulfil the wishes of my late brother. All of the Canadian relatives of the airmen have been contacted and at least twenty relatives are due to travel to Britain for the event. Earlier in the week we have also arranged for the relatives to visit the graves of the airmen at Harrogate Cemetery and Gamston airfield from where the crew flew.’

Colonel Paul Keddy, Air Force Advisor to the United Kingdom at the High Commission of Canada, said ‘The High Commission is extremely grateful for the recognition this event will provide for our brave Canadian airman. We are especially pleased about the Committee’s hard work to ensure that the relatives of the airman and Canadian veterans in Britain, who will also be attending the event, are able to remember their countrymen in this way.’

The ceremony will take place following the High Commissioners arrival at 10.55am and will be concluded by a Lancaster Bomber fly past by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at 1.50 pm

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