Wing Commander Bryn Lewis to make Shackleton visit

CHAIRMAN of the Shackleton Association, Wing Commander Bryn Lewis, will visit Ballykelly this week to take part in a series of commemorative events to mark the town's historic role as a base for RAF reconnaissance against the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

Some 140 Shackleton crew lost their lives between 1951 and 1991 as the stalwart bomber took part in maritime reconnaissance, anti-submarine missions and search and rescue roles, with Shackleton camp in Ballykelly providing a critical strategic base, throughout this period.

Wing Commander Lewis, recently joined 120 former crew at the National Memorial Arboretum, Staffs, for the unveiling of a granite obelisk by Air Chief Marshal Sir David Parry-Evans, the president of the association.

From tomorrow until Monday a number of events will be held in the Limavady Borough to commemorative the association of the famous "Growler" aircraft with the area.

The highlights will include a photographic RAF exhibition portraying life with the airforce from 1910 - 1920 including images from World War 1 (1914-1918) in the Green Lane Museum at Roe Valley Country Park, and the dedication of an RAF memorial at Tamlaght Finlagan Parish Church, which will be attended by the Deputy Mayor George Robinson.