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30 September 2007

 

 

The village school, Langham Primary, before building work started on the War Memorial.

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Some further views of the school and the site of the impending work.

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Initial demolition of the War Memorial arch showed a matrix of hard concrete occupied the internal space, making it impossible to save any of the old bricks.

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The scene soon after work began.

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19 October 2007

     

 

Demolition speeded up when the decision chain accepted no bricks could be saved; indeed the arch was found to have steel mesh reinforcements every three rows ... which, ironically, were a weakness and allowed for much quicker demolition!

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23 October 2007

   
 

 

The 'Yellow Submarine', a combined office, loo and rest area for the workers, arrived. Work got under way digging the foundations and filled the second skip quickly!

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The on-board crane lift the 'welfare combi-unit' into place.

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29 October 2007

 

   

Brick-laying is the next phase of the project, now working behind a turquoise veil.

 

 

Derek Bird, right, works on the east tower.

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War Memorial work continues apace, with the two towers now being joined by the wooden formwork for the arch - by the end of the day at least one layer of bricks being in place over it. In the centre is Steve Barratt, whilst on the right , from left to right, is Dean Harvey, Derek Bird and Steve Barratt.

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5 November 2007

 

   

 

Monday morning shows what good progress was made Friday, after the photographs. The formwork is gone, and the arch is complete; the the end of the day the pointed central spire was pretty much complete.

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9 November 2007

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In afternoon sunlight, and after a photo shoot at the 'Suffolk Surge', an almost completed war memorial awaited me back in Langham. Dean Harvey works on the pointing, and the site is cleared, including the removal of the 'Yellow Submarine' welfare unit!

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The marble cladding for the America War Memorial was applied on Friday afternoon by, left and right, Steve Constable and,centre, with  - Dick Beechener.  The black marble has an outline map of the runways on the top panel, and an inscription to the units that used the base on the front. The result is an extremely impressive memorial. When further improvements to the site are complete, it will be a fitting site for people to visit, especially relatives of those Americans who served on the base.

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Saturday work in the rain, as Dean Harvey completes the pointing. The tarmac was laid earlier in the morning, the gate secured, and general tidying up pretty well finished.

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Rededication of the War Memorial at the Primary School  November 11 2007

 

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Elizabeth Schofield flexing her fingers, ready for the off!

 

Cub banner being readied for depositing at the memorial.

 

David  Isted  and Ernie Schofield enjoy the burst of sunshine before the service.

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School Road was closed for two hours to allow the service to take place; gratifyingly, one of the stewards requested an order of service.

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The Rev Bull conducts the service against a leaden sky, left, and, at the moment of re-consecration, centre. Scoutmaster Ella Boumeister, with .................. and her son, Ties.

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Children lay flowers at the memorial, left, and readings are given, centre. On the right are  ....

 

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Tony Ellis, the lead councillor in  ...... sits with the Deputy Lord Lieutenant,  ..........

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District Cllr Chris Garnett and wife, Ann.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Schofield, Chairman of Langham PC, taking refreshments in the Primary School hall.

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The Memorial at the Airfield   November 11 2007

 

 

The Rev Dr Tim Bull at the American plinth in Park Lane.

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The two minute silence at the American Memorial.

 

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On the left, during the 'Last Post' and, centre, the bugler can relax, as do the dutiful trio behind him. During the playing, they were in parade-ground order! On the right George Bell  , an old airman, lays a wreath ......

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During this short service, a notice invited traffic to slow, which it did. Bob Schofield lays a wreath, watched by ......

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