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Date posted: 23-01-2017
The sound of the bagpipes at London Biggin Hill Airport on Monday heralded a revival of the world-famous ‘Caledonian Girls’ of British Caledonian Airways (BCAL) in aid of charitable causes.
A Piper Archer light aircraft in the colours of the former international airline with a strong Scottish identity was named ‘Julie – the Spirit of BCAL’ in memory of former staff member Julie Washington who was based at their Heathrow Transfer desk for many years. She died of cancer last year and received outstanding treatment and care from the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham.
More than 100 former staff members of the airline joined the occasion, including 10 Caledonian Girls in their original bright tartan uniforms, their first official reunion for 10 years. The group were celebrating the legacy and contribution of their airline and that ethos drives their support for the two charities.
Uniquely, the light aircraft will be used to in the future help raise funds for these two special charities that are close to the BCAL group:
Early fund raising in support of the launch occasion this week enabled a cheque for £3800 to be handed over to the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice and £1500 for the Golden Lion Children’s Trust.
Issued by Biggin Hill Airport Ltd – www.bigginhillairport.com
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