The aim is to complete this memorial in 2020 then hold a formal dedication ceremony and celebration. This is currently planned for Sunday 6th June 2021 (plans have been postponed due to Covid-19).
The Stirling sculpture – ‘Home Safe’ took to the skies on 20th September 2020. The centrepiece of the memorial site for RAF North Creake.
The sculptor Andy Knighton was commissioned by the Time to Remember project to create a large scale Stirling Bomber aligned with an original runway on an elegant stainless steel stand so that it looks as if in level flight just banking slightly. The sculpture is entitled ‘Home Safe’ and is dedicated to those who served at RAF North Creake during the war – the airmen, ground crews, support staff and local people who serviced the site – all 3,250 of them.
An impressive sculpture, with a wing span of over 20 feet, a local nickname ‘The Angle of North Norfolk’ is gaining traction – forming a gateway to the Second World War history of North Norfolk. It will ensure all those who are passing on their way to Wells-next-the-Sea note that this was a former airfield and if their interest is tweaked, they can stop and find out more.
The Memorial Site Plan
The memorial site is on Walsingham Estate land which has been designated for this use. It sits alongside the B1105 the ‘Dry Road’ and Edgar Road which was part of the technical site of the airfield when operational. The Stirling sculpture will form the centrepiece of the site. The Roll of Honour giving the names of all 73 men lost from RAF North Creake will be made from thick gauge corten steel with a bench next to it.
The project, including building this website needs an estimated £41,000. Several events have taken place to help with this and others are planned. If you want to know more please ask to go on the mailing list.
In conjunction with Beeston Brewery we have launched a fundraising beer – if you spot Drink to Remember while out and about in Norfolk please support the memorial by buying a pint (or two). You can also take some home in bottles from The Real Ale Shop and Walsingham Farm Shop too.
Donations are also extremely welcome via our crowdfunding page
Project supported by:
Holkham Estate, Walsingham Estate, Walsingham Parish Council, North Norfolk Big Society Fund, Bomber Command Association, ABN, The Pickled Inns, Mr & Mrs Campbell, Paul Berry, Rhia Watson, Stephen Squires and many other individuals and small businesses on the airfield and beyond.