Village on itinerary for charity mission

Elizabeth Halls at The Railway Inn, Acklington.
Elizabeth Halls at The Railway Inn, Acklington.

A north Northumberland village was on the map as part of a woman’s commemorative tour of wartime airfields in memory of her hero father and in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund.

Elizabeth Halls, from Herefordshire, has embarked on a six-month journey around the UK mainland in a British racing green 1935 Singer Le Mans sports car.

Elizabeth Halls outside HMP Northumberland, in Acklington.

Elizabeth Halls outside HMP Northumberland, in Acklington.

Her aim is to visit the 59 aerodromes at which her late father, Flight Lieutenant Bryan Wild – who was a nightfighter pilot – landed during the Second World War – of which the former RAF Acklington base was one.

And last Friday, she rolled into the village as part of her mission, which she hopes to complete in the second week of September.

She was met at The Railway Inn – a pub used by many of the wartime pilots serving at the former base – by residents Bill Rowntree and John Davison and then drove through Acklington Village to Chevington Cemetery where airmen from different countries are buried.

She then visited the former Acklington airfield. Very little of it exists and the site itself is now home to HMP Northumberland.

But she managed to get a photograph of her car outside the prison and also stood on a section of an original runway that still remains.

Elizabeth said: “It was lovely to visit Acklington. I found the visit to the cemetery particularly moving.”

For more information about her efforts, visit www.wheretheyserved.com