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His father Eddie Cannings was a committee member at the RAW club and Arthur recalls childrens discos were held there on Monday or Tuesday evenings and the children from Cotton End would also come along to these. He recalls that though they were not always in sight whenever kids did anything wrong the military police would suddenly appear from nowhere and give the kids a ticking off! It seems strange to think that military police once patrolled our streets but this was all part of the connection to RAF Cardington.

Arthur went on to say that the men on the camp were very kind to children and would give them wood and wheels and help them to make go-carts in the summer holidays. He also recalls two scout huts on the corner of Concorde Place and Sterling Road - these were former RAF huts given over to the scouts. A while after Arthur left the village in 1979 he heard that these two huts had been burnt down.

One final memory in 1977 there was great excitement across at the camp where celebrations took place to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the site and the Queens Silver Jubilee. One of the sheds was open to the public and the Red Arrows also put in an appearance. All in all not a bad childhood!

Thanks to Arthur Cannings for these memories.

* If you have any photographs of the school or swimming pool or any other pictures of Shortstown please send them in. Many thanks.

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