Aeroplanes on the River! TLS Unveils a new plaque in Kingston

River Thames and Aviation in Kingston Event

Sopwith Float Plane

On Saturday 20th September the TLS unveiled its 20th Anniversary Project in Kingston.

Working in partnership with the Kingston Aviation Centenary Project, Royal Borough of Kingston, and Canbury and Riverside Association, a new lectern was designed to show the history of Aviation in Kingston, including a map of the old factories.

The northern entrance to Canbury Gardens hosted a public event to celebrate the unveiling, sponsored by the Father Thames Trust, Creed-Miles Ltd, and the Brooklands Museum.

Brooklands very kindly provided a replica of the 1914 Schneider Trophy winning Sopwith float plane that was tested at the Albany Boat House slipway and visitors to the park had the opportunity to see a small piece of history recreated.

1914 Schneider Winning Sopwith outside Albany Boathouse

1914 Schneider Winning Sopwith outside Albany Boathouse

2014 Replica Sopwith outside Albany Boathouse

2014 Replica Sopwith outside Albany Boathouse

As well as the plane, visitors were treated to the wonderful music of the Band of the Surrey Yeomanry who provided a perfect programme of music summing up the feel and mood of the occasion including “those magnificent men in their flying machines”.

Guests arriving to the sounds of the Band of the Surrey Yeomanry

Guests arriving to the sounds of the Band of the Surrey Yeomanry

The plaque was unveiled by Sir Tommy Sopwith and other guests included the daughter of the 1914 pilot and other members of the aviation community and their families.

Cllr David Cunningham (TLS Member for Kingston) hosted the event with Cllr Paul Lynch (TLS Chairman), and David Hassard (Kingston Aviation Centenary Project) also giving brief speeches along with Jason Debney (TLS Co-ordinator).

Jason Debney explaining the project with Cllr Lynch (TLS Chair) and Cllr Cunningham (TLS Member for Kingston)

Jason Debney explaining the project with Cllr Lynch (TLS Chair) and Cllr Cunningham (TLS Member for Kingston)