Once again RAF Brize Norton has been in the newspapers when in February Prince Harry
was brought home sooner than expected from Afghanistan through an American telling
the Taliban where he was thus endangering the life of the Prince and also all the other
servicemen that are in that area. He was met by his father and brother, this being the first
time the 1st, 2nd and 3rd in line to the throne were simultaneously on any RAF station at the
same time. Carterton was also in our local newspaper with a report on the disgusting state
of the unoccupied Married Quarters in Upwood Drive, managed by the Defence Estates.
Adrian Coomber, RAF sergeant and Carterton Town Councillor, has described them as
‘an eyesore, a dangerous area, glass and filth everywhere’. The Upwood Drive flats are
among 600 M.Q. flats due for demolition. Defence Estates have promised that they would
be knocked down ‘around June’. As in the case of the Service Station and the old Osprey
Pub on Upavon Way all we have had for many years are promises. Upavon Way is not a
good advertisement of our town to visitors. Also in the news was that RAF Wittering
airmen have been told not to go on Peterborough streets in uniform as some people don’t
like it. Thank goodness here in Carterton we are proud of our men in uniform. In these
pages look out for some memories of the late Peg Chandler from friends and
acquaintances, news of a book on the hundred years of Carterton Football Club written by
Jenny Maxwell and an article on the RAF Upwood Drive flats by Adrian Coomber.
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