Museum’s French connection

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THE YORKSHIRE Air Museum has strengthened Anglo-French relations by confirming that key dignitaries will cross the Channel this month.

Those at the Elvington-based museum will be meeting with Général Jean-Paul Palomeros, Chief of the French Air Force at York Minster on 20 October for the inauguration of the French Memorial.

This date is to be the focal event of the French in York Week, from 17 to 23 October, and has already attracted the attention of Bernard Émié, French Ambassadord to the United Kingdom, who has been confirmed as an attendee.

General Palomeros will be joined by the Chief of the Royal Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton.

The Yorkshire Air Museum are spearheading the extraordinary week, which includes a WWII Hurricane aeroplane on show in the city centre and fly pasts by over 15 French and RAF aircraft including the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster bomber, and hope the week will re-awaken national interest in the role of the French airmen based in York during the war, with hundreds of veterans and serving personnel from France and Britain expected at the Minster.