|Scarborough (Ganton) Aerial View|
Scarborough Club's Third Air Display - Monday, August 7 1933
Twelve months ago, the Scarborough Aero Club celebrated its transference to the aerodrome at Ganton by organising a flying display. These last twelve months have been full of vicissitudes for the club, but despite this, much obvious progress has been made. The members are really keen pilots, and a very high number of hours per member is consistently recorded.
It is a great asset to a town like Scarborough to have a really live aero club, as was pointed out by the Mayor (Councillor G. K. Pindar) in the programme, where he ex-pressed the hope that the display might not only prove an attraction to the spectators, but also a means of drawing the attention of the rapidly growing number of private owners, and others interested in civil aviation, to the excel-lent facilities provided by the club at Ganton Aerodrome. It is difficult to understand why every seaside town, which, like Scarborough, is so dependent upon its visitors, does not have an aerodrome with comfortable facilities to attract air visitors. The secretary and all the club members there are always ready to go out of their way to help anyone who visits them, and their example is one to be followed.
Monday, August 7, was
Bank Holiday, so they hoped to attract large numbers of the general
holiday public to Ganton. Unfortunately, they only got some 2,000 or
3,000, few of whom can have been the type likely to be of ultimate
value to the club. There must have been something lacking, either
from the programme offered, or from the publicity given in the town,
for not only Scarborough, but all the The Western Brothers who
amused the crowd not only with their caps but also with a spot of
tunny fishing (shooting?), are shown on the left ready for huntin',
shootin' and fishin'. surrounding towns were packed that day with "
lads and lassies " pleasure bent.
The Mayor And Mayoress Of Hull being greeted by Mr F.P. Morgan Chairman of the Club Committee on their arrival in an N.F.S. Desoutter form the Hull Aero Club.
An Arrival competition was the first
item ; this was won by Fit. Lt. J. B. Allen, pilot to the Duchess of
Bedford, who came in the " Puss Moth " in which he flies Her Grace
about such a lot. Second was F/O. H. C. D. Hayter, who brought
Kathleen Countess of Drogheda up in his Puss Moth." Third was Mr.
Garnett, a Yorkshire Aeroplane Club member, who flew a " Moth " from
There were two races during the
afternoon. The first, designated " Round the Ridings," was over a
course of about 127 miles, covering most of Yorkshire, and the
second, called " Round the Houses," being three laps of a 12-mile
course so arranged that the aeroplanes were in view for most of the
time. They each attracted a number of entries, and our tables give a
good idea of how excellent the handicapping of Messrs. Dancy and
Rowarth was. The finish of the second race was one of the best we
have ever seen, and certainly came nearer to raising a modicum of
interest among the general public than most races do.
On the left is Mrs. Bonney, who recently flew from Australia and visited the display in her " Moth." In the centre Maj. J. B. D. Shaw, the President of the Club, is presenting second prize for the long race to Mr. Micklethwaite. On the right is Mr. A. Henshaw, who came in first in both races, but was unfortunately disqualified for cutting a corner in the first. He has recently taught his father (standing behind the machine) to fly, and now the two are seen together at all meetings.
Mr. S. A. Thorn is one of our best-known pilots for doing something really spectacular, and is well worth watching. On an Avro " Cadet " he maintained his reputation. The loudspeaker arrangements were by no means adequate for the enclosures, which was a pity, as shows like Thorn's and Bailey's are greatly enhanced and their interest increased when a running commentary is given about them. The general public do not appreciate the finer points of the flying, especially manoeuvres like the " bunt," which Thorn appeared to do easily, unless they are told all about them while they are being performed.
There was an orgy of parachute
jumping. Mr. Fairlie (G.Q.) and Messrs. George, de Greeuw, and
Marsland (all Russell-Lobes) vied with one another in attempting to
land in the aerodrome circle after jumping from about 1,500 ft. The
first named was the victor.
The Western Brothers
who amused the crowd not only with their caps
A Contours d'Elegance was won by Flt.
Lt. Allen with the Duchess of Bedford's " Puss Moth." This machine
will soon have won a prize for this event at nearly every flying
meeting in the country, if it continues at the present rate ; it is
really beautifully kept, and Flt. Lt. Allen ought to be
congratulated on the condition of the engine in particular. Mr.
Henshaw was second with his Comper " Swift." A second class in this
competition, provided for machines with a history. The first prize
went to Mrs. Bonney, whose " Moth " has carried her from Australia,
and the second prize to Mr. Richardson, whose " Blue-bird " had been
flown to the Cape during February, 1929, by Wing Corn. (then Sqd.
Ldr.) L. H. Slatter.
The " tunny fish " meanwhile coming up for a breather behind her.
Circumstances are not
always the same, and therefore the type of publicity and programme
which is suitable for a municipal affair near a large city may not
be the most suitable for a young and growing club, whose aerodromQ
is some distance away from the town, and who wants to attract, not
the general public, but potential members. If we are to judge by the
comments of those in the club enclosure, and also those in the " bob
" enclosure, the display at Ganton fell short of the ideal on many
counts, the result being by no means commensurate with the amount of
work put in. The club itself was not, in this case, responsible for
the programme, but only for the ground organisation. This certainly
went smoothly, and all visitors were made most welcome, although it
looked as if Mr. Baynes and his fiancee, Mr. Bower and Wing. Corn.
Woodhouse could all have done with a little more help than they got.