To herald the start of the 2015 season on Saturday 4th April, it was a wonderful privilege for Shoreham to welcome the distinguished and record breaking veteran test pilot, Captain Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown CBE DSC AFC Hon FRAes RN, as guest of honour.
Arriving to a much appreciated guard of honour from members of the Bexley & Lewisham Sea Cadets, Captain Brown soon settled in to greeting many visitors to the Museum and to sign their personal prints and books. After a spot of lunch, Captain Brown was presented with the original portrait of him painted by the Museum Curator and artist Geoff Nutkins and on his delight in receiving the portrait he remarked that, “It felt good to look young again!” Captain Brown then held an audience captive to hear several recollections of his remarkable aviation career as he kindly answered many questions. For those lucky enough to listen to this outstanding man, they all appreciated what a unique and privileged moment this had been.
The Museum cannot thank Captain Brown enough for being so generous with his time and not tiring in his warmth of greeting to members of the public both young and old. Thanks also go to members of the Erith Air Training Corps Squadron for helping out during the day alongside the band of Museum and Tearoom volunteers, which all contributed to a wonderful start to the new season at Shoreham.
Signed copies of the Captain Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown portrait are available for purchase – please contact the Museum for more details.