The Great Escape Picnic
Private Event for former Dowty Employees and their families
To recognise the contribution by Sir George Dowty and former employees, Gloucestershire Ministry of Defence and Police have extended an opportunity to former employees and their families to attend a private event at Cotswold Airport (GL7 6BA) on:
Saturday 1st July between 10:00 – 1600
The site, formally RAF Kemble, is now a civilian operational airfield with various aero attractions and café (AV8), but in partnership with the airport it will be closed to the public on this day for this private event.
A number of period aircraft will be on static display or flying through, including a representative of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) with a strong Dowty connection. We will also be joined by a number of vintage and classic cars and representatives from Gloucestershire Community Networking who present tutorials in costume and displays from both World Wars. A MOD history team will also present artifacts of the Special Operations Executive (SOE), stories and covert activities from behind the lines.
Gloucestershire Police will display; firearms response unit, vehicles from their traffic division, and hopefully some of their mounted section.
This is the third event of its kind to be hosted at Cotswold Airport, where the organisers aim is to provide a safe family day at a very reasonable price.
Adult (with food package) £30
Adult without food package, £20
Child (7 -16 yrs.) with food package, £20
Child without food package £10
Infant <7yrs free entry.
The food package is a deal offered through the on-site AV8 café, consisting of either a beef, lamb or haloumi burger, chips + cold soft drink. An alternative food vendor will be available, or you can bring your own picnic.
Live music, incl progressive rock, a local brass band and on piano an Ex Dowty-apprentice who, in WW2, played in the works canteen. Also available, award-winning Cotswold Ale at a very competitive price.
By all concerned, this represents a great family day, something for everyone, for two nominated charities, SSAFA https://www.ssafa.org.uk and Combat Stress https://combatstress.org.uk
A charity raffle with fantastic prizes, incl flight experiences, is also supporting this day. Tickets for this are available at £1 each. The flight experiences will be drawn a week in advance in order to notify and dress accordingly. Tickets will also be available on the day for the rest of the prizes (too many to mention).
Tickets are limited and interest will be strong so don’t leave it too long to make up your mind and request tickets.
We trust the attached is self explanatory.
If you have any questions or wish to purchase tickets please contact either:
Mobile: +44 7846488420
Landline: 01242 239746