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The photo shows some of Nigel Thatcher's
fellow apprentices posing at Southend with the BKS hangar behind them. They are
from left to right, Bob Parkin, Terry Barber, Alan (sorry, Nigel has forgotten
his surname) and Dick Parnacott.
In 1969 they were to learn that the engineering
base at Southend was to close, Terry and Alan moved to Cardiff (Rhoose) airport
to continue their training with Cambrian Airways while Bob and Nigel Thatcher
joined the RAF. Coincidentally they were all later to meet up when Bob and Nigel
were posted to RAF St Athan for technical training.
If anyone would like to get in touch with Nigel
please e-mail me BIGGLES and I will
forward you e-mail to Nigel.
(Dick) Parnacott wrote in and said "Just to add to the comments of the
5 apprentices posing on the ex RAF plane at Southend, that Alan Davis,
Terry Barber and myself moved to LHR BEA in 1969 & took lodgings in
Isleworth, while Bob & Nick joined the RAF. Brian Whitlaw moved to his
home town of Newcastle where BKS then Northeast also had a base. I
am not sure who went to Roose Cardiff Airport. In May 1970 I moved back to
Croydon to work at Field Aircraft Services for 26 1/2 years and now as a
remote Sales Engineer Support Manager for StandardAero a Canadian Company.
Alan Davis joined Fields for a short while in the 1970's and then (I
think) moved back to Southend.
am enjoying this and thanks for a great web site!!!!
got my nickname the day I started at BKS, we were all lined up in front
of the Hangar Forman (John Darnby? and the Chief Engineer Roy Staines) and as
I mentioned my Christian name "Richard" I was told from
now on its "Dick" and that has stuck with me through my whole
working life, I am now 60 in 2010!!
the way so far I have been corresponding with Nigel, Nick, Bob and my old
Boss Ron Rayner (73)!!
without your web site & dedication this would never have been possible,
I cannot thank you enough for making it possible to bring some very fond 40
year old memories to life.
very big THANK YOU
Richard has copies of other photos taken at the
same time. In the second one there is a fifth person -Nigel Thatcher
Parnacott and Bob Parkin
And this is how they spent their lunch times
- playing pilots in a Britannia Cockpit
If any one wishes to contact Richard Parnacott
please write to me Biggles
and I will forward your email.
And guess what - They did!!!
Hi ,my name is Terry Barber, I have only just stumbled
across this website. I am one of the apprentices in the photos. I came to Wales
when Southend shut down in 1969 and Iím still here