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
Project Leader Jane Priston is delighted and very proud to have been asked to speak at the 60th anniversary celebrations of the British Women Pilots’ Association 30/31 May at White Waltham. The BWPA was formed in 1955 by women who flew in the ATA, the organisation Amy was flying for when she crashed and lost her life off the shores of Herne Bay in 1941. It is an honour for the Project to be there representing Amy’s memory and spreading the word about exciting current and future projects we are involved in. BWPA
Successful local author, Faye Beerling, is working with us on a new children’s book about Amy Johnson. It will be released in January 2016 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Amy’s death. A wonderful tribute to Amy’s memory which we are sure will delight readers young and old. Facebook
We are delighted to confirm that on Saturday 15 August, 2015 Herne Bay will host its first full air show in honour of Amy Johnson. The show will feature the world-famous RAF Red Arrows, the Eurofighter Typhoon, the Battle Of Britain Memorial team,Tracey Curtis-Taylor and many more attractions. Do not miss this historic day! BayPromoTeam
A big thank you to Dr Owen, Headteacher of Herne Bay High School, and Rossanne Spencer for organising and inviting Tracey Curtis-Taylor and I to attend the school’s International Women’s Day event. We thoroughly enjoyed talking to over 250 young ladies about Tracey’s adventures and Amy Johnson. Fingers crossed some of them will be inspired to consider a career in aviation or engineering.
Please watch The Aviatrix on BBC4, 17 March 2015 at 9pm to see Tracey’s epic adventure from Cape Town to Goodwood.
Had a great time today with the BayPromoTeam at the Canterbury Business and Regeneration Exhibition promoting the project and the Herne Bay Amy Johnson Memorial Air Show. There was a lot of interest in our work and future plans. A very interesting potential research lead too. It is a fact that the more people who hear about the project, the more chance we have of answering outstanding questions.
It is safe to say 2016 is going to be an incredible year for the memory of Amy Johnson. An international festival of the arts and engineering inspired by the life and achievements of Amy Johnson will take place in Hull throughout the summer and autumn of 2016. Following my visit to Hull in January, festival director Rick Welton came down to Herne Bay for a couple of days this week to see our work here. Visiting the information board and the biplane bench and meeting with the dive team(Canterbury Divers). We have also begun work on the commissioning of a bronze statue of Amy for the Herne Bay seafront to be unveiled to mark the 75th anniversary of her death. Facebook
Jane Priston did an interview with BBC Radio Kent about the project today. You can listen to a recording of the interview via our Facebook video page. Video
I was delighted to give a presentation to the Rotary Club of Herne Bay last night. Thank you for making me so welcome and showing such interest in the project. As always, I thoroughly enjoyed spending an evening talking about Amy and our plans for the future and would be delighted to hear from any other groups who may wish to book me to speak.
In 1936 Amy Johnson opened Sewerby Hall, a stately home and gardens. In the late 1950s Amy’s father left a large collection of photographs, belongings and memorabilia to Sewerby Hall and they display a selection of this in the Amy Johnson Room. The Antiques Road Trip programme has been to Sewerby to see the newly refurbished room and some of the collection. It will be shown on BBC1 on 28 January 2015. Hull Daily Mail