Retirement of PC Alexander "Tom" Long, RNAS Culdrose, April 1977
PC Alexander "Tom" Long at his retirement presentation from RNAS Culdrose in April 1977. Mr Long is pictured with seven colleagues and is being presented with a silver tankard and painting by Inspector Patrick J Reynolds. Mr Long retired at the age of 60 and before joining the service had been in the Merchant Navy. In 1939 he was called up to serve with the Royal Navy Reserves on destroyers until being drafted to the Helford River in 1941. He spent the remaining years of the war working with resistance movements for which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. Press photograph published in the Helston Packet on 29th April 1977.
Helston St John Ambulance Cadets Having a Break at Culdrose Air Day, July 1979
Two young Helston St John Ambulance Cadets taking a tea break at RNAS Culdrose Air Day, July 1979. This is a press photograph published in the Helston Packet on 27th July 1979.
Confirmation of Church of England Church at RNAS Culdrose, Helston, 1979
The Bishop of Truro, the Right Reverend Graham Leonard, at RNAS Culdrose, Helston, for confirmation of the station's Church of England church, dated 24th October 1979. Also in the photograph is PS Chris Mount, Wrens: Dawn Aston and Gill Goodwin, Lt Paul Bramham, the Reverend Jeremy Ames, Mrs Karen Bramham, Mrs Sue Toder, LEM David Toder, Steward Brian Pease, Mrs Julie Simmonds and Mrs Cynthia Cooper who are seen with the Bishop after the service. During his visit the Bishop also hallowed a new patchwork alter frontal constructed from pieces of brocade, the work of members of Culdrose families. This photograph was published on page 14 of the Helston Packet on 2nd November 1979.
HRH Prince Andrew and 705 Naval Air Squadron, RNAS Culdrose, April 1981
HRH Prince Andrew with air and ground crew of 705 Naval Air Squadron standing in front of two Westland Gazelle helicopters at Culdrose on 8th April 1981. Sub Lieutenant Prince Andrew’s helicopter flying training was conducted at Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Culdrose, Cornwall, where he initially learnt to fly the Gazelle helicopter in 705 Naval Air Squadron. In April 1981 he was presented with his ‘Wings’ and the award for the best pilot by The Duke of Edinburgh. The other people in the photograph include: Dave Rollo, Mick Oliver, "Slam", Mick Edkins, Bob Arnall, Keith Dumbell, Ken Nicholls, Dave Clarke, Paul Eddy, Bill Wallis, Brian Bateman, Reg Bean, Gerry Haycock, Tug Wilson, Sam Faulkner, Derrick Buckmaster, Geoff Williamson, Dave Birch, Dave Hunt, Jim Duffy, Tom Smith, Jill Roberts, Pete Peskett, Mike McCorkhill, Bomber Brown, John Ellis, Taff Thomas, Brian Johnston, Keith Arnold, Phil Shaw, George Howell, Mervyn Richards, Cliff Smale, Herby Wandless, John Hodges, Malcolm Jones, Allan Hough, Barrie Clark.
Bishop of Truro Visiting the Church at RNAS Culdrose, Helston, 1979
The Bishop of Truro visiting the church at RNAS Culdrose, Helston, on 11th June 1979. The Bishop is standing with a group of people in the church, four of whom are wearing their naval uniform. The photograph was published in the Helston Packet later that year.
Dentist at Work at RNAS Culdrose, Helston, 1976
A dentist at work on a patient at RNAS Culdrose, Helston, on 4th June 1976. This press photograph was published in the Helston Packet later that year.
Barrack Area, RNAS Culdrose, Helston, about 1971
Aerial photograph of the barrack area of RNAS Culdrose, Helston, about 1971.
Newly Refurbished Cannon from HMS Anson, RNAS Culdrose, 1977
Two naval personnel from RNAS Culdrose shaking hands over a cannon from HMS Anson on 2nd March 1977. The frigate HMS Anson was wrecked on Loe Bar on 29th December 1807. Although the vessel, captained by Captain Lydiard, was not far from the shore, around 100 men drowned as they tried to swim to safety. It was this tragedy and the loss of life so close to the shore that inspired Henry Trengrouse in his groundbreaking ship to shore life saving inventions and set the scene for modern coastal safety. Salvage operations on HMS Anson were carried out in 1902, 1958, 1961 and 1964. This cannon was recovered from the seabed by Navy divers in 1964 and was presented to the town, together with a replica gun carriage, and placed outside Helston Museum. The cannon was removed for refurbishment by aircraft articifer Robbie Robson of St Buryan and mechanical engineering apprentice Tom Dixon from The Lizard (pictured in the photograph). A crane from RNAS Culdrose lowered the town's familiar landmark back into place on 3rd March 1977. The photograph was used for an article in the Helston Packet Newspaper on 4th March 1977.