Thursday January 14th - My War in Afghanistan
Over 100 people braved the cold and fog to attend this remarkable meeting. The hall was decked in union flags and camouflage netting to create the correct atmosphere !!!
The commander of Aviation at Wattisham, David Turner, spoke first telling the story of Wattisham's role in aviation history then he enlightened us into the fantastic role today's army personnel and their Apache flying machines play. All the information relayed via a large screen on the stage, absolutely riveting we felt incredibly privileged to be given this insight into the workings of our modern day military force.
After a tea, coffee and the now routine W.I. amazing cakes refreshment break, the star turn of the evening shedule took over. Captain Jim Trayhurn one of the army's young apache helicopter pilots told us the story of his recent tour in Afghanistan illustrated with fantastic film footage of the true work our young guys are doing in this war torn hostile terrain. Where they live, work, wash, feed, sleep and relax from what he said very little of the latter. He was a delightful and dedicated young man who must have caused his mum no end of worry during his overseas tour, out weighed by the most enormous pride she felt for him.
My contact for the organisation of the evening was Royston Dunk an absolute delight to work with and the most professional organiser I have ever met. We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to all three men and hope to have the pleasure of meeting them again in the future. Naturally we are now on stand by to supply any catering skills they may require preferably not in Afghanistan !!!!
The evening was free but the generous audience donated £550 to Help for Heroes, many thanks to everyone.