Mary Ellis has been in touch with Solent Aviatrix with an update on her busy life.
Joy Lofthouse and Mary Ellis at White Waltham Air Show 2017.
The honours just keep on coming for Mrs. Ellis.
The latest honour bestowed upon her is that of Air Transport Auxiliary Association Commodore.
In this capacity she was asked to lay the A.T.A. wreath at the White Waltham Air Show in Berkshire this September.
Also attending the event was Mary’s friend and ‘Spitfire Sister’ Joy Lofthouse.
Joy was an A.T.A. pilot with Mary.
Mary said, “Joy and I were the only A.T.A. people at White Waltham this year.”
The occasion was also attended by poet and author Alison Hill, who sent these photos of the special day.
Alison Hill and Mary Ellis at White Waltham Air Show September 2017. Mary signs the poem dedicated to her by poet Alison in her book Sisters in Spitfires.
Alison said, “I was really glad to meet Mary and Joy at White Waltham and to be able to attend the ceremony. It was a lovely afternoon and occasion, topped off with some brilliant air displays.”
Mary also met up with Joy Lofthouse at Biggleswade when they went for a flight in a Dragon Rapide.
And to top it all on 26 September Mary Ellis is appearing in the ITV reality show, ‘100 Year Old Driving School.’
Mary Ellis with her Allard Sports Car CUD 818
Fifty Ways To Fly anthology
Alison Hill’s latest book is a collection of poems and songs on a single theme contributed by 45 people. She has edited the book in a creative style.
‘Fifty Ways to Fly,’ includes a poem by Jackie Moggridge which is published posthumously for the first time. It was discovered by Jackie’s daughter Candy amongst her mother’s memorabilia. ‘The Last Flight,’ is very moving. Jackie had written it on the back of an ATA snag report chit dated 1943.
Also republished is a humorous poem by Pauline Gower called ‘Ten Little Aeroplanes‘. Originally one of the ‘Piffling Poems for Pilots,’ Pauline’s son Michael Fahie is delighted to give permission for it to be one of the ‘Fifty Ways’.
Other contributors include Alison herself with her tribute to Jackie Moggridge and Ian Duhig has penned a tribute to the immortal Amy with, ‘The Last Testament Of Amy Johnson‘.
Look closely at the cover image and you may spot yours truly listed. My offering is, ‘Prayer for Freedom Flight’. I’m proud to appear in the same publication as Pauline Gower and Jackie Moggridge.
Alison Hill will be reading from ‘Fifty Ways to Fly‘ anthology, on Sunday, 17th September 2017 at The Square Tower, Old Portsmouth. It is organised by Tongues and Grooves, run by poet Maggie Sawkins, who has two poems in the anthology.
All profits from the book sale will go to British Women’s Pilot Association. Copies of the book are available by following this link to Alison Hill.
For news of other aviation events in the Solent area this year go to the Notice Board. Don’t miss the Southwick Revival and Daedalus 100. There are also two research projects asking for help and your anecdotes. Plus an Aviation Art Society is open to new members.