Second World War Service and Sacrifice

Pilots of the Madras Squadron. Group including Sgt. (later Flt. Lt.) Billy Strachan (extreme left). Billy’s plane was named Vizagapatam after the town in India which paid for it.

Billy Strachan (1921- 1998)

Born in Jamaica as William Arthur Watkin Strachan, Billy left school in December 1939 with a desire to…


Gilbert Clarke, who lives in Plaistow, shared his memories of D-Day as a young RAF recruit training in Britain.

Gilbert Clarke

Born in Jamaica, Gilbert, his brother and sister lost their father when Gilbert was three. A bright pupil…


ROYAL AIR FORCE FLYING TRAINING COMMAND, 1940-1945. (CH 2430) Air Marshal L A Pattinson, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Flying Training Command, talking to Babatunde Alakija, the first Nigerian to join the RAF, at an RAF Receiving Depot at Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire. His name is Babatundo Alakija, but he is known as 'Ali' by the other cadets. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205210040

Second World War Service and Sacrifice – Babatunde O. Alakija

Born in Nigeria, Alakija was educated at Oxford and was to hold the British Public School High Jump Championship. Alakija’s father,…


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Northampton Friday 27 May 2022

Shalamar

R&B classic soul and disco legends Shalamar are coming to Northampton for the very first time!   As Shalamar, Howard Hewitt and Jeffrey…

Lincolnshire Friday 27 May 2022

Oti Mabuse: I Am Here

Strictly Come Dancing and The Greatest Dancer reigning champion Oti Mabuse is creating a show like no other…

Derby Friday 27 May 2022

The Magic of Motown

Prepare yourself for 40 back-to-back classic Motown hits, glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship in…

Camden Friday 27 May 2022

Cautious Clay

The project of Cleveland-born, Brooklyn-based producer, singer, and songwriter Josh Karpeh, Cautious Clay balances anthemic pop and soulful…

Manchester Friday 27 May 2022

George Clinton

George Edward Clinton is an American musician, singer, songwriter, bandleader, and record producer.   His Parliament-Funkadelic collective developed…