The Inauguration of the French Air Force Memorial in York Minster on October 20th 2011 is growing into a week long series of events across the City of York.
With exhibitions, displays, lectures, presentations and even a film premier the City of York has opened the doors to a whole range of Anglo / French acivities from the 17th until the 22nd October in order to coincide with the unique memorial event which will bring British and French miltary and political representatives, veterans and families together.
The memorial itself will be the very first one of its kind in and English cathedral and is further enhanced by the recent Entente Cordialle signed by the Prime Minster David Cameron and French President Nicholas Sarkozy last November.
A presentation in Museum Gardens by the Yorkshire Philosophical Society and the Yorkshire Air Museum, hosted by Dr Matthew Cobbof Manchester University and Professor Phillipe Lane of the French Embassy with French veterans who were based in York during WWll, plus a lecture at University of York St John, the first public premier of Flightpaths at City Screen York – the film was recent runner-up at the IWM film Awards in London and tells the true account of a York girl who marries a French airman. He does not know that she is a special agent who works for Churchill and undertakes missions into Occupied France. The City Council is to host a “Continental” style French Market and the Museum’s Hawker hurricane will be displayed in the City centre with living history re-enactors in authentic French/RAF uniforms. The classic Citroen Traction Avant club will also participate.
Details of other events associated with this week of Anglo French history and co-operation will be launched in July.