On Thursday, I had the privilege of representing the leader of the council at a memorial service held in Chapel en le Frith, to mark the 70th Anniversary of the famous ‘Dambusters’ raid, and the particular connection that Chapel, by way of two residents of the villages of Coombs and Chinley has to the raid.
The tribute which was organised by local Edmund Bradbury in association with the Chapel en le Frith branch of the Royal British Legion, and included the laying of wreaths at the Chapel War Memorial which includes the name of former Coombs residents Flight Lieutenant William Astell DFC. The tribute also remembered Sergeant Jack Marriott DFM formerly of New Smith Chinley who also lost his life in the raid.
A range of civic dignitaries including the county high sheriff Mr Derek Mapp, local clergy and Royal British Legion standard-bearers, along with school pupils (including from Coombs school which the Flight Lieutenant may well have attended) and members of the 2517 (Buxton) Squadron of the Air Training Corps were in attendance, along with liaison officer Captain Duncan Fraser and Flight Lieutenant Jennifer Shackley who were in attendance as representatives of the current day 617 Squadron, which
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