Thursday, 5 March 2020

Town Team unveil Handley Page mural at Cricklewood Station

This morning I made my way in the cold and rain from Mill Hill down to Cricklewood, for the unveiling of a mural at Cricklewood Station, recalling the Halcyon days of Handley Page and Cricklewood Aerodrome. GTR, the company that runs teh Thameslink service had provided a grant to the Town team and local artist Alistair Lambert was commissioned to pull the whole thing together. Although you may not have heard of Alisdair, if you know Cricklewood, you will have seen his work. He is responsible for the multicoloured cow and the big red Cricklewood sign by the station. The mural is the latest of his statement works and I was honoured to be invited to come down and make a film recording the unveiling for posterity. Due to the inclement weather and the noisy trains, commuters passing to get trains etc, the film was rather challenging, but I am rather pleased with it. As an added bonus, I was able to capture Alisdair talking to the local vicar, Roy Webster, explaining how the design and the artwork came together. If you have any interest in Cricklewood or aviation history, I think you will find the film interesting. We were also lucky to be joined by a member of the Handley Page association

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1 comment:

Helen D Vecht said...

My Dad told me planes used to use the central reservation of The Vale as an airstrip.

That's not an urban legend, is it?