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Last Post At Newton - The Launch

Article posted: Dec 23, 2008 by Sqn Ldr Pass

1936 (Newton) Squadron was both proud and pleased to be asked to be the venue for the prestigious launch of the accomplished aviation artist and author Tim O’Brien’s latest book, “Last Post at Newton”.

Staff and Cadets were on hand to assist with the launch, which was held at the Squadron’s HQ, at the former RAF Newton in Nottinghamshire. Civic dignitaries, invited guests and members of the general public attended the launch and were able to have their copies of the new book signed by the author. In addition, a tour of the former RAF Newton was given which provided many of the guests with fond memories, as most had served there whilst in the Royal Air Force, or had a strong link through the Air Training Corps and the local community.

The choosing of 1936 (Newton) Squadron HQ for the venue of the launch was not only appropriate due to its location, but also poignant because Tim O’Brien is a former Cadet Warrant Officer of the Squadron, and continues to retain strong links with the Committee, Staff and Cadets. 1936 Squadron was pleased to accept a signed and dedicated copy of the new book, “Last Post at Newton”, which was kindly given by Tim O’Brien in grateful thanks for the assistance provided during the launch.

The book has taken several years to be researched and written, and contains a comprehensive illustrated history of the former RAF Newton from its opening in 1936 until its unfortunate closure back in 2000. RAF Newton played a key role in the framework of the Royal Air Force throughout its time as an active station, and was also the Headquarters of the Air Cadet Organisation.

Photograph (courtesy of the South Notts & Newark Advertiser):
CPL Alistair Hemmings (15), SGT Daniel Finch (17), CPL Vickie Sherwin (15) and CPL Tamara Swales (15), pictured with the popular artist and author Tim O’Brien at the launch.

Members of 1936 Squadron’s Civilian Committee were joined by Staff and Cadets in providing refreshments to guests at the launch. Many of them spent time talking to members of the public, showing guests around the Unit HQ and ensured that those attending were delighted with the service provided.

Speaking about the launch, Officer Commanding 1936 Squadron, Flt Lt Jodi Hudson, said: “We are happy that our Squadron was able to support such an event, 1936 Squadron was truly an appropriate venue for the launch and I am pleased that our Squadron and Cadets could be part of it”.

By Flt Lt Jodi Hudson
Officer Commanding 1936 (Newton) Squadron