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Dear all,

There is nothing like forward planning, so please all make a note in your 2019 diaries now. The launch of 'Shackleton Boys' volume 2 - the overseas squadrons (including the South African Air Force), will be at the Newark Air Museum on Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September.

A bid has just gone in to the BBMF for flypasts again.

We hope to see you all there!

JUL 18.

From: Steve Bond [mailto:BY.Meteor@outlook.com]
Sent: 27 July 2018 12:00
To: All
Subject: Newark book launch

Hello everyone,

Things are building up nicely for the launch of 'Shackleton Boys' volume 1 at Newark on 1st and 2nd of September. We are expecting 27 contributors to the book to attend, some on both days, with 18 coming on Saturday and 13 on Sunday (one or two are still to decide which day). They will be joined by quite a few wives and partners, and we are also expecting a number from the Association plus the Coventry group with their cockpit section.

Local media have been alerted, a number of aviation websites are now promoting the event and RAF stations and aircraft museums within a reasonable range have all been targeted. We are also in touch with the various Shackleton squadron associations, so all in all, it should be a good turnout. The museum have arranged a BBMF Spitfire flypast on both days (yes, they did try and get the Lancaster but it was not available). I have attached a promotional flyer in case you can find a home for a copy or two in your area.

The museum will give our attendees discounted entry - £4.50 as against the regular over 65s price of £8.00. They will be open for us from about 8.30 and the plan is to start the book signing by 10.30 and continue until lunch time. There will be a private buffet lunch for all the attendees and their "others", and depending on how busy it is, there will be a further signing session in the afternoon before the museum closes at 5 pm. The Shackleton will be open for us to get aboard, the Coventry group will be there with their T.4 cockpit, and the Shackleton Association will also be present in the signing marquee.

John Davies from Grub Street will be "in charge" of proceedings. All those signing get a free copy of the book, and John would also like to know how many extra copies you might like (£20 a copy as against the £25 cover price), so that he can be sure to bring enough. Please let me know! It would also help the museum if you could let me have the details of your car please.

There are several attendees staying over on the Saturday night (or simply not in a rush to go home), and we thought it might be a nice idea to have an informal gathering in a local hostelry. Again, please let me know if this might interest you.

Finally, I am getting bookings for a 'Shackleton Boys' talk and would be happy to give any others that people might like to request.

Heather and I look forward to meeting you all in September - the books could not have happened without you, so thank you! It is going to be great fun - come ready to enjoy yourselves!!

Best regards


APR 18. I am delighted to announce that the launch of 'Shackleton Boys' volume 1 - the UK based units, will take place at the Newark Air Museum on the weekend 1st and 2nd September 2018, in front of their very smart MR.3 WR977. This is intended to be a major event, with book signings and hopefully, a large gathering of Shackleton people. your chance to renew acquaintance with a 'Growler' and each other.

It is hoped that the Shackleton Association will have a major presence over the weekend. Much more detail will follow as plans start to come together.

Both myself and Grub Street Publishing are very grateful to all at Newark Air Museum for so enthusiastically supporting this event.

Put the dates in your diaries now!

Best regards