TRIP TO BROADSTAIRS & RAF MANSTON SPITFIE MUSUEM
On a lovely warm and sunny day in late May, a large group of 48 London Plant Region Associates gathered at the usual pick up point to board a coach to take them to Broadstairs resort in Kent.
First stop was for coffee and cake which had been pre booked at the Spitfire museum on the old RAF Manston airfield.
This is a free entry to the museum which houses lots of WW2 memorabilia including the Spitfire that used to stand at the entrance of the base until 1981 when it was moved into the museum. There is also a Hurricane aircraft, both of which saw active service during WW2 having accounted for the shooting down of 4 enemy aircraft.
Associates spent a good hour browsing the displays and artefacts. Some of which are seen in the attached photographs.
Following this all boarded the coach once again for the final short drive to Broadstairs.
Broadstairs is associated with several famous names including Charles Dickens who spent a lot of time here between 1837 - 1859. He immortalised the town by calling it “Our English Watering Place” He also wrote David Copperfield here. The Dickens House & Museum is also situated on the seafront.
Other famous people associated with the town are:
Edward Heath who was born & lived here.
Annette Mills of Muffin the Mule fame lived here.
John Buchan wrote The Thirty Nine Steps after the steps leading down to the beach, where he was recuperating from an illness in 1915.
Following lunch by all which was mostly fish & chips in one of the many outlets, appeared to be a visit to Morellis the famed ice cream manufacturer. Choices were very plentiful and mouthwatering.
The weather was quite hot all day and opposite where the coach was scheduled to collect everyone was a crazy golf course where several tried their skill for the last hour or so.
The trip back to home was kind to us with no delays on the motorway.
A wonderful day had been enjoyed by all at an oldie worldly type seaside resort,