Downing Street

On Wednesday 23 May, the Heritage Centre was honoured to be invited by the Prime Minister to send representatives to a reception held at 10 Downing Street to mark the 100th anniversary of the RAF.  Also invited was ATA veteran Mary Ellis, aged 101, making one of her very last public appearances; she died on 24th July.   The photo above shows Mary with our chairman Richard Poad and three student pilots from the University of London Air Squadron.  Holly, on the left of the picture, told Mary that she had been her inspiration.  The PM spent several minutes with Mary and mentioned ATA is the opening moments of her speech to the guests assembled in the garden of No.10.  What a privilege to be in a place where so much history has been made!