The meeting of Seahouses Probus was opened by chairman Ian Wilkinson, who after apologies and birthday wishes reminded us that the annual lunch would be taking place on October 19.
He then invited secretary Fraser Suffield to give us his report. All was well in the administration, and he pointed out that all menu choices and payments for the annual lunch must be received at or before the next meeting.
We were also reminded that the annual Probus quiz would be taking place on October 7, and that anyone interested in being on our team should get in touch with Fraser.
This was followed by a report on the satisfactory state of our finances by our treasurer Forbes Grant.
Our secretary then introduced our speaker David Conway, a retired headmaster from Carlisle.
David’s talk was entitled The Air War 1914-18 and told us of the immense progress that was made in aeronautics considering that the war started only 12 years after the first flight of a heavier than air aircraft and five years after the first flight across the English Channel.
We learned of the military and naval initial disbelief in the future of aircraft in war, the development of fighter and bomber aircraft, and the German Zeppelin raids. We were also told of the appalling number of casualties and the unbelievably short lifespan of the pilots in action.
After questions, thanks were given by Bryan Crawford for a well-researched and fascinating subject.