19th November 2018
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RAF Catfirth memorial unveiled to large crowd

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The memorial stone is unveiled at RAF Catfirth. Photo: Dave Donaldson

A memorial was unveiled at the site of RAF Catfirth on Sunday to mark 100 years since the inaugural flight to Shetland.

The event, organised by Nesting Local History Group, attracted around 100 people.

Former Nesting resident the Rev Magnus Williamson and local landowner Creighton Irvine performed the unveiling.

During the First World War, Catfirth was Britain’s most northerly base for tracking and attacking German submarines.

It was the destination of the first flight to Shetland in June 1918, and until recently the site provided jobs and accommodation. The event coincided with the recent RAF centenary.

For more, see Friday’s print edition of The Shetland Times.

 

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