Dunsfold Park Celebrates VE Day with Dedication of Commemorative Plaque at Aerodrome

Wednesday, 05 May 2010
The Reg Day Museum at Dunsfold Park is hosting a dedication of the replacement of the Dunsfold Aerodrome Memorial plaque at 11am on Saturday 8th May 2010, the 65th Anniversary of VE Day.
The stone plaque was originally unveiled in 1992 in Alfold to commemorate 50 years of flying but now, after much campaigning and fundraising by Reg Day, has found a new home at Dunsfold Aerodrome.

The plaque is in recognition of the wartime sacrifices and service of the RAF, the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Netherlands Naval Air Service, the contribution Skyways Ltd made to civil transport and the Berlin Airlift (1946 – 1950) as well as the advancement of British Aviation through development of aircraft such as the Harrier and Hawk (1951 – 1992).

Dunsfold rector, Canon Paul Jenkins, will be performing the dedication followed by a short address from Gerry Forristal, Dunsfold Park Ltd, and a reading from Reg Day.

The stone plaque was kindly donated by Richard Bennett of Cranleigh Memorial, the handcrafted plinth by Richard Moulton of Stonescapes, the English Oak was supplied by D.R Wood & Sons and the new memorial garden, in which it is sited, by Nick Vrijland with support from Terry Batchelor and Owen Warren. The garden will also have a bench donated by Judith Lahey-Bean in memory of Major Maurice Goddard who actively supported the Museum.

Reg Day, comments:
“I’ve been overwhelmed with the support from those who have not only donated financially, but their physical time in helping me get the plaque organised and the garden ready for the ceremony. I’m so proud of my museum and to finally have the plaque where it belongs goes some way to completing what I have created here for future generations.”

Gerry Forristal, Dunsfold Park Ltd comments:
“Dunsfold Park Ltd is delighted to support Reg and the museum with the garden and plaque. Over the last 12 months Reg has worked tirelessly to raise money and organise the creation and placement of the Dunsfold Aerodrome commemorative plaque. He has done a tremendous job of completing the memorial garden for people to sit and contemplate the history and future of the aerodrome.”