Welcome to Shuttleworth!
Hello every-one and what a wonderful weekend it’s been. This Sunday I have been performing at Shuttleworth for their Military Pageant Air Show and what a difference a year makes. Last year I was engaged to sing for their WW1 Commemoration event but the weather was rotten and many people cancelled their tickets due to the fact the air craft weren’t able to fly. This year the weather couldn’t have been better and was a complete sell out with over 5000 visitors. I was engaged to perform 2 x 60s minutes sets in hanger 3. One WW1 and one WW2 which I performed in my 1940s WAAF uniform. Shuttleworth is such an interesting museum and when ever I perform there I always like to look at the exhibits in between sets. I remember my father taking both my brother and I on a trip to Shuttleworth in the early 80s which left a strong impression on my memory. Little did I know as a child I would become a professional singer and would be engaged to sing at the museum years later.
This is my third year at Shuttleworth and often when I turn a corner I see something which I’d completely forgotten about but remember seeing as a
Out and About with Paul Between Sets!
child. I think this is what they call Day zar Voo (forgive the spelling but I think you can all work out what I mean!) Of course Shuttleworth is far more than just a musuem as they bring out the motor vichels and fly the aircraft on special days which very few museums do. A couple of years a go I arranged to do a photo shoot with some of the collection for my 1920s /30s page and you can see the photos here on my web-site so if you haven’t seen the photos do click-through for a look.
This year the Military Pageant Airshow featured WW1 and had lots of special guests in the shape of the Battle Bus on loan from the London transport museum, lorries and motor cars fromWW1 plus visiting aircraft which included aAvro Vulcan, a Blenheim, Spitfire, Yak 50 Aerobatics,Grunau Baby, Radar Kite and a Bristol Scout. The collection also has Edwardian -AvroTriplane, a BristolBoxkiteblackburnB2 and aDeperdussin to name but a few. I always put a lot of thought into my shows and thank-you
Meet the chaps from RAF Marham!
The De Havilland Goblin III 41
to every-one who came along to see me including Alan from L&D Radio, Mr and Mrs Etsell, Rob and Jackie Farrow and WW2 RAF veteran Bill who joined me on stage for We’ll Meet Again. Oh I mustn’t forget Bob, St Edmunds College and Alleyn’s CCF from RAF Marham. As luck should have it I’m booked to sing at RAF Marham on the 23rd July so you never know I might meet up with you chaps again which reminds me I need to sort out some B&B.
Tomorrow I’m booked to perform my Pearly Queen show and then a “Song for Summer” on Wednesday with two funerals one Wednesday morning and the other in Portsmouth on Monday so it’s going to be a strange week with all sorts of highs and lows. I’m also with Rachel my web-designer tomorrow and we hope to have very soon a new Media page. It’s long over due but very exciting as I’m planning to include my own little on-line magazine but more on that later.
Keep Watching and Toodle Pip!