A Memorial Stone to RAF Cardington

Before the ceremony.

Prior to the service guests met up in the Shorts Building where history stands from Beds and Luton Archives, The Shuttleworth Collection, The Balloon and Barrage Reunion Club, The Airship Heritage Trust, Bedford RAFA and RAF Cardington Camp Studies were on show.

aaaaMike speech
aaaaStuart and crowds

Sqn Leader Emrys Rogers, the Deputy Station Commander from RAF Henlow opened the ceremony with a welcoming speech. Henlow had strong historic links to RAF Cardington so it was most appropriate that the station was represented here. Next came an interesting talk from Stuart Hadaway (shown centre) from the Air Historical Branch (RAF) outlining the history of the station which enthralled all guests. He then handed over to Michael Lousada (shown right) who bravely carried on despite a sudden downpour. He regaled everyone with tales of his father’s time at the station much to the delight of all present.

2. The unveiling
Mike Lousada presented with flowers from a young A

Mr Lousads then unexpectedly invited shocked local historian Jane Harvey (me!) to join him in unveiling the stone and together we removed the Union Jack. Flowers were then presented to Mr Lousada by a local Air Cadet.

Susan and flowers
aaaDawn Chaplain

Susan Lousada (above left) was also presented with flowers. The memorial was then formerly blessed by Dawn Colley, Rev (Sqn Ldr) Station Chaplain at Henlow. (above right).

aaaaShortstown residents

Shown left: Ex RAF Shortstown residents. Above: Members of Bedford RAFA inside the Shorts Building.

Stuart Hadaway from the Air Historical Branch RAF (left) and Peter Garwood from the Balloon Barrage Reunion Club.

The Lord Mayor of Bedford Dave Hodgson in discussion with Alastair Lawson from the Airship Heritage Trust.


Campbell Wilson-Apperson from Shortstown pointing out some of the photographs on the walls of the Shorts Building to Michael Lousada.

aaaaMembers of the Lousada family

Members of the Lousada family examining some of the history boards.

aaaaAlastair and Susan

Susan Lousada Deputy Lieutenant of Bedfordshire viewing some of the items at the Airship Heritage Trust stand.

Table layout 2 (1)

Left: Rita Wilson-Apperson and right Carol Cain getting ready to serve refreshments in the nearby Air Cadets HQ. Thank you ladies!

aaaaCarol serving
aaaaRita 1

To seal a great morning locals at Shortstown were treated to a Flypast at 14.06 of a Spitfire and Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight team.

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