Real "Cobber At the Bures
"Wings Week" Opening
"Bures" is one the most remarkable villages In this country,
it is cheerful, alive and it gets things done. This week it is going
to make its mark with walloping big contribution of thankfulness the RAF.
With these words Dr. Thomas Wood opened Bures' "Wings for Victory
Week in the presence a great assembly the School on Saturday afternoon.
Accompanying Dr. Wood was Flying Officer Alan Tnggs, DFC, of the Royal
Australian Air Force, who was on leave. "It may be,"
Dr. Wood remarked with a chuckle, "that his next Job will be the
delivery of the Bures bomb on Berlin."
A most enthusiastic welcome was accorded
Flying Officer Triggs, who spoke for brief while of his experiences aloft,
treating with the calmness so characteristic of the Air Force the dangers
and privations met with at times. For instance, he mentioned that while
out recently on anti-U-boat patrols he and his crew, after destroying
a U-boat, were forced land the sea. "We were picked up after being
afloat five and a half days in our dinghy. Then returned to our squadron
and got on with the Job. Flying Officer Triggs said his squadron
alone had destroyed enough U-boats to make Hitler think. "And,
he added, "he is losing them so fast now that there is no doubt about
whose morale will crumple first. Flying Officer Triggs said he wished
to express thanks on behalf of the RAF, for the efforts being made In
those special drives provide them with more and better planes and equipment.
ENDURANCE AND DETERMINATION
In thanking Flying Officer Triggs, Mrs. Margaret Hitchcock said they thoroughly
appreciated his self-sacrifice in giving up part of his leave to attend
their 'Wings for Victory" Week opening ceremony, and they were
glad to have brought home to them what It meant.
In endurance and determination to obtain the victory which those who were
winning it had to undergo. Mrs. Hitchcock also thanked Dr. Wood, who had
so successfully produced "cobber" in their midst. One of the
joint treasurers for the Week, Mr. L. E. Mansfield, seconding, said- they
could best show Flying Officer how sincere was their gratitude by hitting
the target of £6,000 In the shortest possible time. The crowd signalled
their approval of this idea in no uncertain way, and followed with a terrific
cheer special greeting to Australia.
Later Flying Officer Trlggs acceded to many requests to autograph books.
Before the opening ceremony the band of the Dorsetshire Regiment headed
a procession round the village. Taking part were the Home Guard, immediately
followed by the A.T.C., who had charge of a bomb which was later plastered
with stamps for its delivery on Berlin. Then came the Brownies. Women's
Land Army, Civil Defence units, the WI. Jam Centre and Pies and Salvage
Sections, the Young Farmers, Chlldren s Savings Club, the British Restaurant,
Red Cross Penny-a- Week Fund, the Girl Guides, the Pig and Rabbit Clubs,
with the N.F.S. bringing up the rear. The procession was supervised by
Bures Special Constables. After being entertained to tea at the British
Restaurant by the W.V.S. the band, under Bandmaster Webb, played up and
down the village, their selections including the Suffolk, Essex and Dorsetshire
Regimental Marches. the evening large numbers were again seen in the Nayland
Road, this, time making their way to the Victory Hall, where Bures Dramatic
Society were presenting Ireland Wood's comedy, "Charity Begins"
JUST THE BEGINNING.
There was a church parade on Sunday arranged by the British Legion and
the Home Guard. On Monday grand dance, for which first-class London bend
had been specially engaged, drew large crowd to the Victory Hall, and
the Entertainment's Commits who organised it, were able to hand over £19
from this effort. Mock auctions, which played a great part in previous
Savings campaigns, will again be a feature during this Week. They made
a good start the Monday night dance, a bottle of port and some eggs producing
over £6O. Mr. Manfred Hitchcock is again acting as auctioneer. The
whole of the Week's organisation has been in the hands of committee, with
Mr. Hugh Creek Chairman, Mr.F.B.B Harman, secretary, Messrs, H. E. Mansfield
and P. Baker, joint hon. treasurers, and three sub-committees Financial.
Entertainments and Publicityunder the chairmanship of Messrs. Harman,
Mansfield and E. Wright. Functions during the Week are being undertaken
the various parish organisations.
The Village Savings Group set -self itself a target of £2OO. This
was completely smashed on Mondav night with a total of £320.
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