‘Swindon Remembers’ – Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary
‘Swindon Remembers’ commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and pays tribute to Harold Starr, the Swindon-born squadron leader who died in the battle, and his fellow pilots whose victory proved a turning point of the Second World War.
As part of the festival, Central Library will be hosting three illustrated talks on a Battle of Britain theme.
Harold Starr: One of The Few – a talk by Graham Carter. Tuesday,
September 8th: 7.15pm
Graham Carter, editor of Swindon Heritage, tells the story of our own Battle of Britain hero, on what would have been his 101st birthday. This illustrated talk looks at the whole story, from Harold’s early days in Swindon, up until his tragic death over Kent in 1940, and includes photographs kindly loaned by members of the Starr family.
Flying the Spitfire – a talk by Phill O’Dell. Wednesday, September 9th: 7.15pm
A talk in which Phill O’Dell, a former RAF test pilot, now chief test pilot and head of flying with Rolls-Royce, explains what it’s like to fly a Spitfire. Phill will also talk about the work of Fly2Help, one of the adopted charities of Swindon Remembers, of which he is chair. There will be an opportunity for questions from the audience at the end of the talk.
Secrets of the Spitfire – a talk by Lance Cole. Thursday, September 10th: 7.15pm Swindon author Lance Cole is an expert on the design of the Spitfire. His book Secrets of the Spitfire and the just published Secret Wings of World War II are ground-breaking works about the plane’s iconic wings. Drawing on illustrations from his extensive research, Lance will be in conversation with local historian Mike Pringle, as well as answering questions from the audience and signing copies of his books.
All Talks start 7.15pm and take place in the Central Library 2nd Floor Reading Room. Tickets*: £1.50 (Library Members) / £2.50 (Non-members) per talk.
*Special discount for all three talks: £3.50 (Library Members) / £6 (Non-members). Tickets available from The Ground Floor Help Desk at Central Library SN1 1QG (Tel: 01793 463792) and all other Swindon Libraries