It’s that day when the Christmas Jumpers are shaken down and checked for tightness. If they’re tighter than last year, then the Christmas Pudding may be off limits. We’re talking, of course, about the Yorkshire Air Museum staff and volunteer Christmas Lunch.
Normally sensible engineers, guides and stewards show their true colours as the navy blue uniform they wear with pride before our guests hides beneath a covering of reindeers, flashing lights and exceptionally silly hats.
This year’s lunch, prepared by our beloved in house NAAFI team, was a special affair. In addition to taking a moment to remember some friends who have sadly passed away this year, there was also cause for celebration.
The Museum’s Guide Team of David Coxon, David Coupland, Bill Twist, Alan Wray, Richard Beilby have become particularly skilled at presenting to the many thousands of school children who visit each year. In recognition of this, they were awarded a ‘Highly Commended’ certificate in this year’s British Museum Marsh Trust Awards.
The award celebrates the achievements and contribution of volunteers all over the United Kingdom, recognising their dedication, innovation and excellence in engaging with the public. Museum Deputy Director Barbara George proudly presented the team with the certificates and a special gift in recognition of this remarkable achievement saying, “This commendation recognises that one of the Museum’s core activities – to educate young people – is being both maintained and enhanced by the hard work and skills of our team”.
The Museum has enjoyed another busy year of events and new visitors, with Museum Director Ian Reed commenting, “Thanks to everyone who has helped us make Yorkshire Air Museum such a success in 2018.
Very best wishes for another successful year.”
We wish all of our visitors, volunteers and contacts around the world the very best for Christmas.
And if you’d like to see some behind the scenes at the party and truly spectacular Christmas jumpers, scroll down below for the full effect….