Plaque is unveiled to honour former airfield

RAF Boulmer Warrant Officer Karen Bowers, council chairman Geoffrey Stewart and Revd Canon Judy Glover. Picture by Jane Coltman
RAF Boulmer Warrant Officer Karen Bowers, council chairman Geoffrey Stewart and Revd Canon Judy Glover. Picture by Jane Coltman

A special plaque has been unveiled to commemorate a long-lost First World War airfield.

The tribute honours the former Seahouses Airfield, also known as Elford, which opened in December 1916 and closed in 1919.

The facility – an unpaved airfield at the time of operation – was used by the Royal Flying Corps, which merged into the Royal Air Force in 1918.

The former airfield is now open-grassland between Springhill and Elford.

The plaque is located at the entrance to Seahouses’ main car park and is dedicated to all of the units and personnel who were based there.

It was donated by the Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust (ABCT), which is Britain’s first national airfield charity.

ABCT is undertaking a one-off scheme to honour Britain’s First World War home defence fighter flight stations and landing grounds – such as Seahouses, which was also used as an anti-submarine patrol airfield – which played a major part in winning the conflict.

Reflecting on Seahouses Airfield, an ABCT spokesman said: “This surprisingly important place has won a World War, helped saved lives and allowed the freedom we now take for granted, revolutionised everyday society for the better and now enables people to operate an excellent environment, so it is morally more than due proper and immediate recognition.”

Area Dean, Revd Canon Judy Glover, helped unveil the plaque. North Sunderland Parish Council chairman Geoffrey Stewart said that it was an important thing for the village to have.

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