Southeast

Great Britain

2001

 

 

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In 2001, the band traveled to Great Britain’s southeast corner to perform at several locations.  We started in Molesworth, site of a WWII fighter base.  After a few local concerts there, we headed up the road to Cambridge, home of literally dozens of Universities and Colleges.  Hope you enjoy the pictures.

 

 

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Here’s a view out of the airplane as we pass over the southern edge of Great Britain.

The English Channel is to the left.

 

 

 

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We stayed at Mildenhall Royal Air Force Base, England.  It was much like the American bases.

 

 

 

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This sign told the story of our lodging rooms on Mildenhall.

 

 

 

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Here’s a view of the South-east English countryside from the bus.

 

 

 

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One of the first concerts we played was in Kings Lynn.

This is the Corn Exchange building near the harbor.

 

 

 

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You thought I was kidding?

It really is the Corn Exchange.

 

 

 

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We had some time to walk around Kings Lynn for a while to get supper.

 

 

 

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This looks like the place!  The Hogshead Pub.

 

 

 

 

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Welcome to the Hogshead Pub.  Lots of Ale and Fish&Chips.

 

 

 

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As it turns out, there were pubs on every street corner.

This one is “Ye Olde Maydens Heade”. 

 

 

 

 

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We performed at Molesworth, a Royal Air Force base in WWII.  This was a reunion of the fighter/bomber group that was stationed here. 

They loved our Glen Miller music and uniforms.

 

 

 

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We even had our version of the Andrew Sisters.

 

 

 

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Many of the Molesworth troops came in their 1940s outfits.

 

 

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One member of the Royal Air Force stationed at Molesworth in WWII even showed

up in his 1937 Morris 8 Series II touring car.  Sweet!

 

 

 

 

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This picture was on display at Molesworth along with the very interesting (and true!) story.

On 23 January 1943, while on a bombing mission over Germany, the B-17 “Beats Me” was hit by bombs from a B-17 above it.  The plane turned over, but the pilot managed to right the crippled plane long enough for everyone to bail out.  As the “Last One Out” (as the painting is captioned), SSgt Charles Roth, the radio operator, stopped at the waist gunner’s station and shot at an attacking German FW-190 fighter plane, hitting it several times.  Just then, the B-17 started a steep nosedive to earth.  SSgt Roth bailed out as the smoking FW-190 fighter circled.  He was convinced the German pilot would shoot him out of the sky for revenge, but the pilot flew by, saluted, and flew off.  Amazing, and true!

 

 

 

 

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Oundle was another town our tour.  The band performed at the church in the center of town.

 

 

 

 

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A view of the church where the band performed in Oundle.

 

 

 

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Along the side of the church were these OLD gravestones (from the 1700s-1800s).

 

 

 

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This is the band during sound-check inside the church at Oundle.

Where’s the piano?  Waaayy back in the left corner behind the pillars. 

 

 

 

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After the sound-check, we were free to walk around Oundle. 

It was exactly how I always pictured English towns.

 

 

 

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I’m pretty sure we’re in England.

 

 

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OK, now I know we’re in England.

 

 

 

 

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Across the street from the church is this private school.  Very English!

 

 

 

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As I walked around Oundle, I noticed several old horse

 hitches still attached to the stone walls.

 

 

 

 

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We also performed at Thetford, and I walked around that town also.

I wonder how long it took to grow the vines up the side of this house?

 

 

 

 

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This is a common construction method in England.  Many stone houses use this dark type of stone, which is broken in half,

and the broken side is faced out on the stone wall.  It is very attractive.

 

 

 

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Just as in Oundle, there was a pub on every corner.

 

 

 

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Our last stop was Cambridge, home of dozens of Universities and Colleges.

This is the King’s College, one of the largest and most prestigious.

 

 

 

 

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The entrance to King’s College.

 

 

 

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I sneaked in the gate of King’s College long enough to snap this one photo.

 

 

 

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This is the King’s College Chapel, the largest in Cambridge. 

It is undergoing renovations, so I could not get inside for photos.

 

 

 

 

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The Emmanuel United Reformed Church is just one of many beautiful

churches throughout the town.

 

 

 

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The Fitzwater Museum had these ferocious lions guarding the entrance.

 

 

 

 

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St Boltolph Church is one of the oldest in Cambridge.

 

 

 

 

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The entrance to Trinity College.

 

 

 

 

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The Chapel at Trinity College.

 

 

 

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Along with the Colleges and Universities, there was a lot to see in Cambridge,

including lots of side-streets like this.

 

 

 

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I found this interesting bookstore on one of the side-streets.

 

 

 

 

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I almost got this book for Spencer.

 

 

 

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These punts are a favorite way of getting around scenic Cambridge with your lovebird.

 

 

 

 

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This guy was making fudge in Ye Olde Fudge Kitchen. 

 

 

 

 

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Like – you’re going to stay long in the lion yard?  Duh!

 

 

 

 

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Today was Market Day in Cambridge.  Lots of fresh veggies, flowers, and souvenirs.

 

 

 

 

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Here’s one I haven’t seen for awhile – Woolworths.  There was a Woolworths store in

Clarksburg WV where I grew up.  It was the Wal-Mart of the 60s.

 

 

 

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Some members of the band got their first up-close look at cows while

we were waiting for the bus in Cambridge. 

 

 

 

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After leaving Cambridge, we drove south to Dover. 

Here is a view of the famous "White Cliffs of Dover" as seen from downtown.

 

 

 

 

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We boarded a ferry for France.

The White Cliffs of Dover are in the background.

 

 

 

 

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Here’s a view of the Cliffs of Dover as we headed out of the harbor.

 

 

 

 

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Enjoying the ferry ride across the English Channel.

 

 

 

 

 

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Calais, France just ahead. 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope you enjoyed

Southeast Great Britain

 

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