Museum praised for building Anglo- French relations

Sandrine Bauchet, Ian Richardson and Ian Reed
Sandrine Bauchet, Ian Richardson and Ian Reed

The Yorkshire Air Museum has been praised by the UK’s leading tourism organisation for its involvement in the French in York Festival in 2011.

The Museum won a highly commended award at the VisitEngland awards ceremony in Manchester.

The French in York Festival, a series of 10 special events in five days, culminating with the inauguration of the first French Memorial at an English cathedral.

The ceremony in 2011 featured a flypast of 17 French and British military aircraft including Rafale and typhoon fighters and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Lancaster Bomber.

It was attended by thousands, including veterans, their families, military chiefs and members of the public.

Museum director Ian Reed said: “The responses to this event from the general public and businesses both in France and UK has been tremendous.

“Diplomatic and political chiefs also confirmed the international importance of this event in building Anglo French collaboration.“