Eastbourne’s incredible aviation history is in the spotlight in the next unmissable Culture and Cake session at the Redoubt Fortress today (15 July), revealing Eastbourne’s captivating past featuring aviation legends and the vital work of airships along the south coast during the First World War.
The next session in the Culture and Cake series reveals Eastbourne’s ties to aviation which date back as far as 1909 when Eastbourne Aviation Company was established by Major Bernard Fowler. Over the years, Eastbourne has had flying visits from aviation legends including Amy Johnson who opened the Eastbourne Flying Club’s meeting in 1937.
Katherine Buckland will be shedding light on the significant pioneers as well as the role of airships during the First World War when Royal Naval Airships from Polegate patrolled the coast of East Sussex. Audiences can learn all about the huge part that these airships played in the First World War and how they acted as one of the most effective counter measures against enemy submarines.
Those with an appetite to learn more can attend the final two sessions of this year’s Culture and Cake series on 12 August for ‘Wobbly Ditches & Splodgy Banks’ and ‘Prayers Wrought in Stone’ on 16 September.
Tickets to ‘Culture and Cake’ costs £6 including entry to the Redoubt Fortress and a slice of cake from the cosy Outpost Café which offers delicious hot drinks and savoury and sweet treats on a daily basis.
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