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Shortstown Heritage

R101 crew members memorial for Shortstown

Back in July last year Shortstown Heritage approached Eastcotts Parish Council and asked if it was possible to have a stone memorial on the playing field to the 18 Shortstown men who were killed when the R101 crashed on October 5th 1930. All of the 44 victims are buried at nearby Cardington cemetary but the loss to the community of Shortstown has never been fully recognised.

At the same time we pushed our luck and also asked for an interpretation board charting the history of Shortstown to be positioned on the field. Luckily for us the council were formalising plans for a major upgrade on the playing fields in time for our centenary year and to our delight agreed to our proposal!

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Members of Shortstown Heritage History Society proudly standing alongside the newly erected memorial on April 19 2017

Final plaque

Shown left - Close up of the plaque listing names of those killed in the crash. Immediately below are the names of all the survivors who coincidently were all residing in Shortstown at the time.

Below is the interpretation board mapping the history of Shortstown. The board traces our beginnings in 1917 when the first houses were built and takes us through the airship years and then leads us on to the RAF Cardington era and the Second World War. We are then brought up to date with a nod to the Airlander. So much has happened to our community in its first hundred years and Shortstown will always be a place of special interest. For a very small community we have much to be proud of.

At this point we would like to single out Parish Clerk Christine Chapman for her input and advice on this project. So two thanks here - one to the Parish Council and one to Christine. Thank you.

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The new interpretation board standing in front of the R101 memorial in our playing fields.

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