The Archive's B17 board and benches at the Point

And the work on the seawall

From row l-r from the USA Tom and Linda Schulte, David and Barbara Tarbox, Jeanne Cronis Campbell, Noel Tognazzini and our Chairman Janet Walden. Back row l-r Rev Terry Brown, Captain Rebecca Bairds USAF Pilot, Gary Foulger, Colin Wyatt, Ray Howard MBE, Town Mayor Alan Acott and his wife Ann, Castle Point Mayor Colin Riley and the boys and girls from Canvey's Air Scouts
Janet Penn

For those of you who are wondering what will happen to our B17 board and benches at the Point when work begins on the seawall. I spoke to the man from the Environment Agency he told me it is highly likely they will have to be removed. The work is being done over the seawall. For example heavy lifting equipment on the land side lifting materials over to the sea side of the wall. Their equipment will therefore need access to the land side path.

We have been assured that if they do need to be removed they will be stored safely, then be replaced once the work has finished and the whole area will be restored.

One of our concerns was the 80th anniversary of the B17 collision which is due during the time the works are taking place. Again we have been assured that if that is the case and access to the area and or benches etc was needed they will do everything they can to facilitate the occasion. A few weeks ago I personally informed the family members in the USA of the situation.

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