Last week, Project Leader Jane Priston spent three days in Hull visiting the houses Amy lived in, reading her letters and in meetings with Rick Welton and BAFTA award winning film producer Chris Hees about exciting future plans to honour Amy. Visit our Facebook page for more details and photos.
This week Project Leader Jane Priston and aviatrix Tracey Curtis-Taylor, who will be flying her open cockpit biplane to Australia next year, visited Derby Aero Club to see the restoration of Amy Johnson’s DH88 Comet Racer ‘Black Magic’. A most memorable day and wonderful project. The team are working tirelessly to restore Amy’s plane to fly again, working from original drawings. They have got a long way but there is still much to do. You can become a project member for as little as £25 but please donate more if you can or speak to anyone who you think may wish to fund the completion of this historic endeavour. When Black Magic takes to the skies once more it will be the only aircraft owned by Amy Johnson to fly again. For more information go to www.cometracer.co.uk. Thank you to Martin Jones and Ken Fern for hosting the visit and sharing their incredible journey. Facebook pics
A big thank you to Thales for inviting the Amy Johnson Herne Bay Project to their Christmas reception this year. Project Leader Jane Priston joined aviatrix Tracey Curtis-Taylor for a fabulous aviation filled evening ending what has been a wonderful year for the project. May we take this opportunity to thank you for your support and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
The next generation leaving a mark of respect at the Herne Bay War Memorial on behalf of the Amy Johnson & Herne Bay Association this morning.
Herne Bay will be hosting a special event in honour of Amy Johnson and launching a long term project in her name.
An information board will be unveiled by Amy’s family at 12pm on the promenade by the Pier. Following this, Tracey Curtis-Taylor will perform a thrilling low level fly past in her beautiful Boeing Stearman, The Spirit of Artemis. Please join us on this special day to pay tribute to “Wonderful Amy”. Facebook
We are delighted to confirm that KAS the Forces Sweetheart will be performing in the build up to the information board unveiling on Saturday 20 September at the entrance to the pier. KAS will be singing from 11am, the unveiling will take place at 12 noon, and it will be followed by the fly past by Tracey Curtis-Taylor. KAS will then be performing again from 12.20pm until 1pm. Details of other attractions to follow.
From 11am – 1940s singer, Kas the forces sweetheart, will be entertaining the crowds
12pm – Amy Johnson’s family officially unveil Herne Bay’s new information board
Approx. 12.10pm – Tracey Curtis-Taylor low level biplane flypast
Approx. 12.15pm – Street theatre performance
12.25pm – 1pm Kas, the forces sweetheart
Make-Upps will be doing FREE makeovers in one of the beach huts on the Pier at the 20 September Amy Johnson day between 11am and 2pm. Don’t miss the chance to let these lovely ladies transform you into a wartime starlet. There may be a bit of a queue! Make-Upps
Project leader Jane Priston’s Amy Johnson biplane bench is now at the entrance to the Pier. Have you had your photo taken on it yet? Created as part of a local art project, it is one of six unique benches along the seafront from Reculver to Hampton. Designed and carved by Jane, the bench was built by Stephen Whiting of Firwood Fencing.
We are delighted to announce that Midge Gillies, author of Amy Johnson Queen of the Air, will be signing copies of her book at the entrance to the Pier during our event on 20 September 2014. This biography inspired the Amy Johnson Herne Bay Project.