05 November 2019
Race sponsors for the Friday 8 November meeting will see Riverside Brewery who are raising important funds for the Save Tangmere Tower campaign.
On the day you can expect to try some traditional wartime-style British ale suitably called “Tangmere Tower”
See below for more information from the Tangmere Tower campaign:
The air traffic control tower at RAF Tangmere oversaw some of the most historic events in recent British history. The original tower having been destroyed in a bombing raid, the one we see today was built 1944 in time for D-Day. From it flew some of the most perilous covert flights behind enemy lines, a time of great feats of valour by our celebrated fighter pilots. In later years, the control tower witnessed two air-speed record attempts and hosted the first flying lesson of HRH The Prince of Wales before the base finally closed in 1970. The very existence of the building is threatened today after almost fifty years of dereliction and vandalism.
Grade II listed in 2011, the building was placed on the 'Heritage at Risk Register’ in 2015. Now a community of historians, councillors, community representatives and academics have come together to save and restore this iconic building so that it can once again tell its fascinating and pivotal story, and equally importantly, take its place as a new community facility for the village of Tangmere and the wider area.
If you would like to get involved and help, you can donate to the campaign at: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/tangmeretower
You can email us your stories, pictures or memories of the air base and the control tower at firstname.lastname@example.org