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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby Mayfly » Thu Oct 22, 2009 9:36 pm

excellent updates thank you PW :D
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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby Mackrick » Fri Oct 23, 2009 7:32 am

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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby Mayfly » Tue Oct 27, 2009 8:03 pm

I understand the unveiling of the statue in Trafalgar Square is Wed Nov 4th....
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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby 34053 » Wed Oct 28, 2009 12:17 pm

Mayfly wrote:I understand the unveiling of the statue in Trafalgar Square is Wed Nov 4th....


Yes Mayfly; this will the 'Temporary ' statue (for six months) on the 'spare' fourth plinth. The 'Permanent' statue of Sir Keith Park will be unveiled on 15th September 2010 - the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain - in Waterloo Place (off Pall Mall, in London).

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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby 34053 » Mon Nov 02, 2009 10:48 pm

As has previously been mentioned under this Topic, the unveiling of the 'Temporary' statue of Sir Keith Park takes place this Wednesday, 4th November, in Trafalgar Square, London. Below is an extract from the information released by the 'Sir Keith Park Memorial Campaign', in this respect:

TRAFALGAR SQUARE, FOURTH PLINTH UNVEILING UPDATE

STATUE OF AIR CHIEF MARSHAL SIR KEITH PARK TO BE UNVEILED
ON WEDNESDAY 4 NOVEMBER AT 16:00HRS


• Unveiling ceremony to commence with a Royal Air Force flypast of a Spitfire and
a Typhoon aircraft (weather permitting)
• VIP guests include Dame Vera Lynn, actor Edward Fox, Dr Stephen Bungay
and His Excellency Mr Derek Leask, New Zealand High Commissioner
• Speaking and unveiling party includes:Boris
Johnson, Mayor of London
Terry Smith, Chairman of the Sir Keith Park Memorial Campaign
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, Chief of the Air Staff
WWII RAF veterans
Members of the Park family

• Supported by the Central Band of the Royal Air Force and its Fanfare Team and
the Royal Air Force’s Queen’s Colour Squadron

Sir Keith Park commanded Number 11 Group of Fighter Command, responsible for the
defence of London and the South East during the Battle of Britain, and his statue will be
on the Fourth Plinth for six months. A permanent memorial statue of Park will then be
erected in Waterloo Place on the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain on 15
September 2010.

The unveiling ceremony will be attended by over 1,000 invited guests alongside the
General Public including Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, Terry Smith, Chairman of the
SKPMC, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, Chief of the Air Staff, WWII RAF veterans
and members of Sir Keith Park’s family. Also in attendance will be supporters of the Sir
Keith Park Memorial Campaign since its launch in 2008, including Edward Fox OBE, Dr
Stephen Bungay, Dame Vera Lynn, Flight Lieutenant John Nicol and many
representatives of the Commonwealth and other countries represented by members of
‘The Few’.

The ceremony will begin with a Royal Air Force flypast (weather permitting) of a Spitfire
and a Typhoon aircraft over Trafalgar Square and speeches will be made by Terry Smith,
Boris Johnson and Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton.

A large screen in Trafalgar Square will be playing video footage of Sir Keith Park and
RAF Films from noon and will then relay the ceremony from 16:00hrs through to the
close of the event at 16:40hrs.

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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby Saracenman » Mon Nov 02, 2009 11:06 pm

wow - thanks for that PW - what's the betting it WON'T be on TV - probably not PC or current enough :-?

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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby Mayfly » Mon Nov 02, 2009 11:09 pm

Thanks PW
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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby 34053 » Tue Nov 03, 2009 7:16 pm

Saracenman wrote:wow - thanks for that PW - what's the betting it WON'T be on TV - probably not PC or current enough :-?

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I hope it will be (I will be there!) but probably only on the London Local News, not the National News.

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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby Wedgy » Tue Nov 03, 2009 7:18 pm

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Saracenman wrote:wow - thanks for that PW - what's the betting it WON'T be on TV - probably not PC or current enough :-?

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I hope it will be (I will be there!) but probably only on the London Local News, not the National News.

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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby 34053 » Wed Nov 04, 2009 10:55 am

Wedgy wrote:Make sure your Camera battery is fully charged :D


Oh yes, all charged up and all ready for the 'off'! I also hope that the weather will be kind to us and allow the flypast of the Spitfire and Typhoon to take place.

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EDITED TO INCLUDE:

In view of tomorrow's event in Trafalgar Square, here are two photos of Keith Park (recently released by his family) with his Hurricane, taken on 15th September 1941 (the 'First Anniversary' of what we now know as 'Battle of Britain Day':

Air Vice-Marshal Keith Park; Air Officer Commanding: No11 (Fighter ) Group

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UPDATE 4th November 2009:

Just received the folowing latest details from the Sir Keith Park Memorial Campaign for today's Ceremony:

UK COMMEMORATES BATTLE OF BRITAIN COMMANDER

UNVEILING OF STATUE OF SIR KEITH PARK
ON FOURTH PLINTH IN TRAFALGAR SQUARE, LONDON
TODAY AT 16:00HRS

• Unveiling ceremony to commence with a Royal Air Force flypast of a Spitfire and a Typhoon aircraft
• Speaking and unveiling party includes:-
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
Terry Smith, Chairman of the Sir Keith Park Memorial Campaign
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, Chief of the Air Staff
WWII RAF veterans
Members of the Park family
• VIP guests include actor Edward Fox, Battle of Britain historian Dr Stephen Bungay, Lord Tebbit, 16 RAF Veterans, many relatives of those that fought in the Battle of Britain and His Excellency Derek Leask, New Zealand High Commissioner
• Supported by the Central Band of the Royal Air Force and its Fanfare Team and the Royal Air Force’s Queen’s Colour Squadron
• Unveiling will also commemorate the c.2950 pilots from 15 countries who fought to defend Britain in 1940 and served with Sir Keith Park

A statue of Air Chief Marshal Sir Keith Park, who led the Royal Air Force (RAF) forces over London and the South East of England throughout the Battle of Britain, will today be unveiled on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square at 16:00hrs.

The statue, presented by the Sir Keith Park Memorial Campaign and supported by London Mayor Boris Johnson, will be in place for six months and a permanent memorial statue of Park will then be unveiled in Waterloo Place on the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain on 15 September 2010.

The unveiling ceremony will be attended by over 1,000 invited guests, alongside the General Public, including Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, Terry Smith, Chairman of the SKPMC, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, Chief of the Air Staff, WWII RAF veterans and members of Sir Keith Park’s family. Also in attendance will be supporters of the Sir Keith Park Memorial Campaign, including Edward Fox OBE, Dr Stephen Bungay, Flight Lieutenant John Nicol and many representatives and diplomats of the Commonwealth and other countries represented by members of ‘The Few’.

The ceremony will commence at 16:00hrs with a Royal Air Force flypast of a Spitfire and a Typhoon aircraft over Trafalgar Square and speeches will be made by Terry Smith, Boris Johnson and Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton.

A large screen in Trafalgar Square will be playing video footage of Sir Keith Park and RAF Films from noon and will then relay the ceremony through to the close of the event at approximately 16:30hrs.

Approximate running order:

15:45 Band of the Royal Air Force College, trumpeters and QCS Guard of Honour march on to Trafalgar Square

16:00 Formal unveiling ceremony commences with Spitfire and Typhoon aircraft flypast (weather permitting) with RAF salute

Welcome by Terry Smith, introductory film footage, and unveiling of the memorial statue

Speeches by Boris Johnson and Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton

Prayer by Chaplain-in-Chief Reverend Air Vice-Marshal Ray Pentland

16:20 Film footage shown on the big screen (music: Nimrod and Spitfire Prelude)

16:30 National Anthem

Sir Keith Park commanded 11 Group of Fighter Command – responsible for the defence of London and the South East. He therefore commanded the squadrons which bore the brunt of the Battle of Britain. The failure of Nazi Germany to defeat the RAF in 1940 is seen as Hitler’s first major setback in the Second World War – and forced Germany to call off the planned invasion of Britain. This statue is a fitting memorial to Park as it will be erected in London’s Trafalgar Square, in the heart of the United Kingdom’s capital City which he helped to defend in 1940 and beneath Nelson’s Column – a memorial to another commander (this time Naval) who likewise defended Britain from invasion 135 years earlier.

Park was a New Zealander, who fought in the First World War in the field artillery first at Gallipoli, and then the Somme where he was wounded and evacuated to England. Medically graded unfit to continue service with the artillery, Park joined the Royal Flying Corps, remaining with the air arm when it was re-formed as the Royal Air Force.

Marshal of the RAF, Lord Tedder, said of Park: "If ever any one man won the Battle of Britain, he did. I don’t believe it is recognised how much this one man, with his leadership, his calm judgement and his skill, did to save not only this country, but the world."

The statue of Sir Keith Park commemorates the c.2950 pilots from 15 countries who fought to defend Britain in the Battle of Britain in 1940. Today, there are just over 105 survivors. To the best of the Sir Keith Park Memorial Campaign’s knowledge the nationality breakdown of “The Few” is as follows:-
Australia 33 Belgium 29
Canada 98 Czechoslovakia 88
France 13 Ireland 10
Jamaica 1 Newfoundland 1
New Zealand 126 Poland 145
the Rhodesias 3 South Africa 25
United Kingdom 2353 United States 11



Terry Smith, Chairman of the Sir Keith Park Memorial Campaign, said:
“It is an honour to be unveiling a statue of Sir Keith Park in Trafalgar Square today. Park was pivotal in organising the defence of our country and capital city during the Battle of Britain and was a key figure in ensuring the survival of our nation. A New Zealander, Park was one of many who came from Commonwealth nations and other countries to our aid at one of Britain’s most bleak times in history. As we reflect on the recent anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War, and the story of Sir Keith Park, we should remember the sacrifices made on our behalf by our own forces and by citizens from the Commonwealth and other countries in our ‘Finest Hour’.”

Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton, commented:
‘Sir Keith Park was a brave and exceptional fighter pilot, and outstanding senior officer, who never failed at any task he was given. He inspired all who worked with and for him, with his quiet gallantry, supreme personal inspiration, organisation and mental agility. He is a hero to the Royal Air Force, to this country, and to New Zealand, whose citizens have so often joined us in battle, from the World Wars through the Falklands to the present day.’

London Mayor Boris Johnson said it was an important moment:
"London owes an enormous debt to Sir Keith Park for his courage and leadership, which helped to win the Battle of Britain. Hosting a temporary memorial in Trafalgar Square in time for the 70th anniversary of this epic battle is a mark of our gratitude for the bravery and commitment this great hero showed to London and the world."

Edward Fox OBE said:
“Quality of leadership exists in varying capacities. In differing degrees it is possessed by many. The power of great leadership however belongs to only a few and was quintessentially decisive in determining the outcome against the enemy that Great Britain (which as a country was not well prepared) had to face in 1940.

“However gallant and courageous the nation’s forces unquestionably were, it was great leadership which galvanised that spirit and propelled it to victory against a formidable and better-armed enemy. Such men are rare. Such a man was Sir Keith Park.”

Planning permission was granted by Westminster City Council in May 2009 for a temporary statue of Park to be installed on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. The six-month installation on the Fourth Plinth bridges a gap in the programme of contemporary artwork on the Plinth. Yinka Shonibare's ‘Ship in a Bottle’ will be installed in 2010, sometime after early May.

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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby Xplumberlives » Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:08 pm

Thanks PW

At 15:15 local the Spitfire and Typhoon buzzed us at Wittering on their way to the Keith Park Statue unveiling parade in London.
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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby RLN » Wed Nov 04, 2009 7:23 pm

It was on "London Tonight" regional news programme
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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby Mackrick » Wed Nov 04, 2009 8:07 pm

Thanks PW ...
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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby Saracenman » Thu Nov 05, 2009 2:52 am

i watched the lunchtime news, but no mention :(

i shall have to trawl iPlayer and BBC Online News :)

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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby 34053 » Thu Nov 05, 2009 3:57 pm

Sorry for the delay, but this is the first chance I've had to post anything since yesterday's Ceremony in Trafalgar Square (busy, busy!!). It all went very well indeed. After a glorious sunny morning and early afternoon, unfortunately the rain came down just as things were getting underway at 3.30pm but did not last long. The Flypast was quite spectacular (Spitfire and Typhoon in close formation) but was over so quickly that I had no chance to record it. The actual unveiling was carried out by Sir Keith Park's two great-great-neices and great-great-nephew. Also among the 'Guests of Honour' were 15 of the surviving 105 Battle of Britain pilots and who received a well-deserved and lengthy enthusiastic applause at the Reception held afterwards.
It will take me a while to sort out the photos I took so, in the meantime, I have seen that there are some good pictures on the Daily Mail website:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1225286/Battle-Britain-legend-Sir-Keith-Park-honoured-Boris-Johnson-unveils-statue-Trafalgar-Squares-fourth-plinth.html#

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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby Mayfly » Thu Nov 05, 2009 4:06 pm

pleased you enjoyed PW - looking forward to the pics :D
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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby Mackrick » Thu Nov 05, 2009 5:06 pm

Glad you enjoyed the day PW
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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby 34053 » Tue Nov 10, 2009 3:14 pm

Here is the video of the Unveiling Ceremony for the 'Temporary' Statue to Sir Keith Park, in Trafalgar Square, on 4th November 2009. (Out of interest, the 'Temporary' Statue is made of glass fibre, whereas the 'Permanent' one in Waterloo Place will be in bronze).




I am now dealing with the photos and will post these shortly.

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....and here they are:

Before the Ceremony
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The Central Band of the RAF & The RAF Queen's Colour Squadron, in position.
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Waiting for the Spitfire & Typhoon Flypast to start the Ceremony
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The Unveiled Statue
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Boris Johnson (Mayor of London)
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Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton (Chief of the Air Staff)
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Pictures taken after the Ceremony
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It was a most inspiring Ceremony

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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby Xplumberlives » Tue Nov 10, 2009 3:16 pm

Thanks P.W.
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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby Saracenman » Tue Nov 10, 2009 6:05 pm

fascinating PW, thank you!

it might have taken over 60 years, but at last the great man has the deserved recognition. it's actually a very striking statue - is the permanent one planned to be on a lower plinth PW? he looks wrong so high up

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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby Xplumberlives » Tue Nov 10, 2009 6:15 pm

Saracenman wrote: he looks wrong so high up sm



Only you could have a problem with that! :-o :p
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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby 34053 » Tue Nov 10, 2009 6:20 pm

Here's an interesting clip I have just found on youtube from the British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS):



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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby Xplumberlives » Tue Nov 10, 2009 6:25 pm

Nice to see the Spitfire and Typhoon, thanks P.W.
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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby Saracenman » Tue Nov 10, 2009 7:10 pm

excellent coverage - i think that puts Sir KP's importance in perspective - thanks again PW :ymapplause:

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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby 34053 » Wed Nov 11, 2009 3:43 pm

Here's another good youtube clip from last week's Unveiling Ceremony that Wedgy found. I feature in this one (well, only the back of my head actually, at 1min 55sec, front left!).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uh5VZxQ-5pE

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