At 1.25pm, on Saturday 16th August, 2014, exactly 70 years after the collision of two Hanley Page Halifax Aircraft from from 518 Squadron RAF, relatives of the crews and their families, representatives from their home nations, senior military personnel, dignitaries from near and far, and many Tiree residents met for the unveiling of a memorial at Tiree Airport. The event was the culmination of over two years research and planning and was deeply moving. After a short service of remembrance, many of those gathered proceeded to Island House where a minutes silence was observed – the site having close ties with the tragedy. The final act of remembrance was at the War Graves in Soroby Cemetery.
At the Airport rather fittingly the regular passenger flight from Glasgow carried out a flypast. Somehow its landing towards the end of the unveiling did not seem out of place. Later in the afternoon tea/coffee was served at the Cobbled Cow, by the Airport. In the evening many gathered at An Talla (the Community Hall) to share memories and to express thanks around the meal table. The evening finished with a musical rendition by three talented Tiree musicians and a singer.
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