Fairlop Fair Flypast

This past weekend, on 2-3 July we had a fantastic time at the Fairlop Fair! There was lots to do for all the family including children’s rides, a selection of fantastic stalls and some great competitions. The greatest highlight of the event was the unique opportunity to witness the Hurricane flypast that took place on Saturday afternoon!

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Credit: Fairlop Heritage Group

Fairlop Heritage Group was fortunate in being granted flypast by an RAF Hurricane of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, based at Coningsby Lincolnshire. The Pilot on this occasion was Lt. Andy Preece, flying overhead to commemorate a number of historical Fairlop events.

These include; the Centenary of the Royal Navy Air Station and Royal Flying Corps at Fairlop in 1916, 75 years since RAF Station Fairlop was operational, to celebrate the 90th birthday of our member Max Bean (formerly a rear gunner in a Lancaster Bomber, who served with 115 Squadron, Bomber Command), and finally, to remember the death of a Constable George Hall at Fairlop Fair on 5 July 1846. He was age 20 and had been married for four months.

The weather was most kind and the thousands who attended, were treated to a magnificent display, which took place at precisely 3pm.

Credit: Fairlop Heritage Group
Credit: Fairlop Heritage Group

Afterwards, The Mayor of Redbridge, Cllr Gurdial Bhamra, his Consort Sunita Bhamra, Wes Streeting MP as Patron of Fairlop Heritage Group, Sergeant Matthew Fox Metropolitan Police and Mike Gapes MP, took part in an informal ceremony at the Fairlop Memorial to lay floral tributes in the memory of Constable George Hall.

David Martin, Fairlop Heritage Group

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