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11 May 2014

Carnaby Airfield Memorial is a newly formed committee whose aim is to raise enough funds to erect a fitting memorial to Carnaby Airfield which played a significant role in WW2. The committee is well supported by the community, local businesses and the MP for East Yorkshire the Rt Hon Sir Greg Knight.

The airfield was an emergency landing strip for any stricken bomber. The airfield was fitted with fog dispersal equipment commonly known as F.I.D.O. This allowed aircraft to land even during the heaviest fog. The airfield was opened in April 1944 and had over 1500 emergency landings by the end of the war.

They are hoping to raise enough funds to erect a structure of a Lancaster Bomber and include an information centre.

The Ferns Farm Hotel at Carnaby is the meeting place of the committee and will host the first of many fundraising events. The 19th April is the date for their ‘Fabulous 40’s Night’ with a range of entertainment including a buffet, swing band, auction and raffle there’s also a prize for the most fabulous 40’s fancy dress. It all starts at 7.30pm when Sir Greg Knight will officially open the event.

To help with their fund-raising efforts Old Mill Brewery have collaborated with the committee and created and brand new cask ale called F.I.D.O. It will be a light bitter with a hint of smoke and fire with an ABV 4.2% and 5p for every pint sold donated to the Carnaby Airfield Memorial charity. It will be launched exclusively at the Ferns Farm’s Fabulous 40’s night before it is available anywhere else in the UK.

Tickets for the night are by donation only (minimum £25.00 each), for more information on their fund raising events or to make a donation please contact Kate Dawson at the Ferns Farm Hotel on 01262 678961.