: Useful Information for Mac Cummings. re. Nunnykirk
Posted by George on July 13, 2020, 10:36 pm
In March I asked Bill Ricalton, Longhorsely Historian, to confirm the use of the concrete plinths at Nunnykirk. Were they for tanks or searchlights. Here is his reply received today along with his apology for the delay. |
To George Watt.
Oh dear, sometime in the future I might look at my gmail post box. My email I use is firstname.lastname@example.org the gmail one is on the web site to keep my normal box free the gmail one being ready available for 'collectors'
I can assure you 100% that the concrete stands at Nunnykirk were for tanks and tanks alone, The ones at Longhorsley are long gone but Linden Hall tank turns are still there and used for storing hay. I remember seeing the tanks parked on them myself indeed we often got a ride inside one if we were lucky. Incidentally there is one still on the village green at Longframlington. We always referred to them as 'The Tank Turns' Life is full of co-incidents and this was one and a very lucky one for me. I had like most of my age to do National Service I was posted to the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards the very regiment that was stationed here during the war. A long story shortened but when sir found out where I was from I was treated like a king, lots of privileges, promotion, extra pay etc. all because of the kindness shown by the local villages to them when they were stationed here during the war I got the reward. Two little tales a Charles Maple a member of the REME attached to the 'Skins' drove a tank from the tank turn at Linden and round in front of the Hall naturally it made a helluva mess he got into deep trouble over it. British Leyland launched their new Sterling Model at Linden in 1982 the world press were (there and BL cars were being driven all around the area.) One of the BL people was their Finance Director yes you've guessed it Charles Maple (Local speculation thought it may have been his attempt at a little retribution. During the war a rumour went around the village that a Spitfire had landed at Eshott with a human head buried in the wing it was not believed by the majority. When I was with the Regiment I was told or rather reminded of the original rumour by Captain J C Boardman he told me how it happened and the name of the soldier a young 18 year old from Cheshire. When at Simonside a Spitfire was making low very low passes over there heads the young lad reckoned he could touch it climbed a tree and ... Tommy Wood a local farmer when I mentioned it to him said, "I, that's right I can show you the tree" Finally the Tranwell pads I know nothing about but the ones remaining at Nunnykirk, Linden Hall, Longframlington and Netherwitton Hall are without argument Tank Turns (parks) Apologies once again for the long wait