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Newsletter 4
Autumn 2003

Updated on 24Oct2003

Published by the Hawker Association for the Members.
Contents Hawker Association



Bill Sherwood remembers

Book reviews

Christmas lunch

Dunsfold update

Dunsfold's Dove

George Anderson

Harrier II production

Harrier web site

HA members

Hawker memories

India makes up her mind

Kingston Aviation Heritage

Mick Mansell retires

Philatelic cover

Programme for 2003-4

Putting the record straight

Requests for information

Transatlantic air race

Visit to Farnborough

V/STOL Historical Society

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Ian Craig remembers 'One-Man-Band' George Anderson

John Glasscock's reference to George Anderson as the"sales and publicity one-man-band" is more pertinent than many may think.

When I joined HSA in May '67 I had been living in Wells, Somerset after my Hunter time in the RAF. On my second day at Richmond Road, not yet settled in or launched on my first assignment, a rubicund stranger arrived busily at my desk and announced bluntly "I'm told you sing bass; I badly need a good bass. We rehearse on Thursdays at the Friends' Meeting House in Kingston at 1930 hours. Come for an audition. OK? See you there." There was no discussion and certainly no time for argument!

I afterwards discovered from Jack Collings that George was conductor and musical director of his own choral group, the Kingston Orpheus. (It was Jack who had let slip to George that I had recently been singing in the Wells Cathedral Oratorio Chorus.) There followed many happy hours under George's skilled baton and, in the best tradition, not a few Farnborough tickets and chalet luncheons by George's kind arrangement. What a good chap he was.