View the ITV news clip of the unveiling of the Amy Johnson statue in Herne Bay on Saturday 17 September 2016.
Our special day is nearly here and this silhouette picture of the maquette will soon be a reality as the sun sets on Herne Bay seafront on Saturday evening. The bronze statue will be unveiled at midday between the bandstand and the pier (bandstand end). We are very proud to have HRH Prince Michael of Kent and modern day aviatrix Tracey Curtis-Taylor in attendance along with over 100 invited guests and sponsors. We are also delighted to announce an exciting last minute addition to the event. Champion aerobatics pilot and regular to Herne Bay skies, Lauren Richardson will be flying her stunning Pitts Special biplane in a breath taking solo display to honour the woman who inspired her to fly. This is scheduled to take place at 12.15pm and Lauren will return to the seafront and be in the bandstand Makcaris for a ‘meet the pilot’ session at around 4pm. A real treat for everyone and the icing on the cake for what looks to be a truly memorable day for the town and for Amy’s memory.
We are delighted to announce the Amy Johnson bronze statue is near completion, planning has been approved and the royal unveiling set for Saturday 17 September. More details to follow soon. Read the KM article
Today we saw Herne Bay come together again to make another very memorable event. Thank you to Makcaris Herne Bay for sponsoring the event and providing refreshments for our guests. Thank you Wild Daisy Florist for the beautiful wreath. Thank you to everyone who attended the service, some of whom came a very long way to be with us. Thank you to MHWcreative for capturing the event on film. And thank you to Mike McLaughlin Photography for taking the lovely pictures which you can access through the Facebook link: Facebook
Here is the film we made of the unveiling of the information board on 20 April 2014. A very big thank you to our loyal and very talented film maker Mitch Weaver for all his work recording the special day that really set the ball rolling for Amy! Watch the film
A big thank you to the very talented Mitch Weaver for recording our special day. Mitch has been there from the start with the project filming meetings, dives and events. Relive Herne Bay’s most historic day here and see the images of the bronze, the man who will make it, Amy’s family, Amy’s car and of course lots of flying.
Mitch is now working on filming the making of the bronze statue for a film about how art and engineering can work in parallel. We will be taking the finished piece out to schools as part of our outreach work to inspire the next generation.
The Sunday Express announces “Flying ace Amy Johnson is finally to be immortalised in a double tribute to one of the most admired and inspirational women of the 20th century.” Article
Here’s a link to our hastily put together film of the day from the perspective of the Amy Johnson Herne Bay Project. We hope you enjoy it – we had a fantastic day and there were many special moments.
The airshow is fast approaching and we are delighted to announce the list of exhibitors who will be with us on our special day.
CTC Aviation, a global airline pilot training and resourcing company – attending in partnership with British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Easyjet. The Royal Aeronautical Society Careers and Education Team along with their Schools-Build-a-Plane Team will be joining us as well as retired Vulcan pilot, Paddy Langdown. The Women’s Engineering Society – Amy Johnson was president of WES between 1935-1937 and Croydon Airport Society – Amy Johnson took off from Croydon Airport on her epic flight to Australia in May 1930. We are delighted to have Aerobility – a registered charity founded in 1993 offering disabled people, without exception, the opportunity to fly an aeroplane join us. Please visit TG Arrows Scholarship, an inspirational local flying scholarship who are supporting young people who wish to learn to fly. They will be selling raffle tickets for a flight in their Boeing Stearman, the same type of plane Tracey Curtis-Taylor will fly to Australia this year. A highlight will be the chance to talk to the Red Arrows ground support team known as The Blues and buy a memento of the day from an Official Red Arrows merchandise outlet.
Project Manager, Jane Priston will be on site with Rick Welton from the Amy Johnson Festival and other team members. Please come along to talk to us about the project and see Amy’s 1933 Standard Avon car, meet the Canterbury Divers and talk to them about the search for the wreckage of the plane and see the portfolio of drawings produced by Meltdowns, the fine art studio and foundry who are creating a full size bronze statue of Amy to mark the 75th anniversary of her death next year. Read more
A wonderful day at the show with a car owned by Amy and Jim that had been in Herne Bay for over 50 years before being restored and now displayed for all to see and enjoy. We believe Amy was friends with the owner and visited Herne Bay regularly. If anyone has any information to support this we would love to hear from you. We hope the car will be back in Herne Bay for the air show so please come along and see it. It is absolutely stunning! Photos