The Time to Remember project has reached an important milestone as the plans to build a memorial at the former RAF North Creake airfield have been given the green light by North Norfolk District Council. Nigel Morter and Claire Nugent have been waiting for this moment since they moved into the station’s former control tower over 7 years ago and decided they wanted to ensure those who served at North Creake were remembered. The project is on track to unveil the memorial in time for the 75th anniversary of the disbandment of the airfield on Saturday 1st August 2020.
Claire commented: “We are thrilled the project is finally moving onto the ‘build’ phase; with every milestone reached we inch closer to having this beautiful memorial to those who served here at RAF North Creake becoming a reality.”
Now planning has been secured the couple will commission sculptor Andy Knighton to create a stainless steel skeletal sculpture of a Short Stirling bomber – an aircraft type that operated from the airfield in World War Two. It will appear as if in level flight but banking slightly and will be aligned with the original primary runway. Sculptor Andy Knighton said: “I’m very honoured and excited to be part of this and I’m really looking forward to seeing the sculpture in place and the memorial finished.” Walsingham Estate has designated a piece of land on the junction of the B1105 ‘Dry Road’ and Edgar Road for the sculpture and memorial walls.
Meanwhile fundraising continues to ensure memorial is completed in time. The next event is at Holkham Hall on the North Norfolk coast. The Earl of Leicester has kindly given the project use of the hall and free parking on 16th April 2019 to help with the fundraising efforts. Nigel Morter will give an overview of the fascinating history of RAF North Creake during the Second World War. Drinks sponsored by ‘Adnams at Holkham’ and nibbles by ‘The Black Lion Hotel Walsingham’. Tickets are available from The Control Tower at £20 per person (Email: email@example.com) and also at The Black Lion Hotel in Walsingham, North Norfolk.
The project has considerable local support. Paul Berry, whose parents met while serving at RAF North Creake, said: “This year marks 75 years since RAF North Creake opened so marks an ideal time to create a memorial to all the men and women – many from the local area – who worked and flew from there.”