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Yorkshire’s Battle of Britain talk at Scarborough Art Gallery

Winston Churchill at a shooting range at Rolston, near Hornsea.

Yorkshire’s Battle of Britain is the subject of the next lunchtime talk at Scarborough Art Gallery, with Filey historian and author Paul Bright. The talk is at 12.30pm on Thursday 21 May.

Retired teacher Paul was born and brought up in Hunmanby, and says his interest in the period was first sparked when, as a five-year-old, he was taken by his father to see a German Junkers 88 which had been shot down near Bridlington by Bingley pilot Sergeant James Hopewell during a German raid on the Yorkshire coast on 15 August 1940.

Mr Bright said:
"It was the biggest daylight raid on Yorkshire of the war. I can remember seeing the swastika on the plane's tail fin, and knowing it was a 'bad' thing."

"The historical focus on air combat in the second world war has tended to be on the south east, but there was plenty of action up here, too – many pilots who cut their combat teeth on this coast went on to fight and die in south east England."
Paul's illustrated talk will include pictures taken after the raid on 15 August, copies of combat reports, and other photographs from the time, including one of Winston Churchill taken at a shooting range at Rolston, near Hornsea, which was later used on German propaganda leaflets depicting him as a gangster.

Paul spent most of his working life teaching in Nottinghamshire, before retiring to Filey and beginning research for his book, Air War Over Yorkshire in World War II (Flight Recorder Publications).

Tickets for SMT's lunchtime talks, which will usually take place on the third Thursday of the month, are £2. Talks start at 12.30pm and last around an hour. Places are limited, so booking is recommended. To book, or for further information, please call the Art Gallery on 01723 374753.

The current exhibition at Scarborough Art Gallery, Seaside Snaps, can be seen until 21 June. It features photographs of the town’s holiday industry dating back to around the 1860s. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturdays from 10am to 5pm, plus Bank Holidays.

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