Simonsbath Festival
Celebrating Music, Art, Talks & Walks on Exmoor from May Day to Midsummer
6 May to 21 June 2019

Richard McLaughlin: THE WWII EXMOOR ROCKET: its birth on Brendon Common and destiny on D-Day.

Friday 17th May at 7:30 pm, St. Luke's Church

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An Illustrated talk on the story behind the memorial to Col. R H (Bobby) MacLaren OBE MC near Brendon Two Gates, given by Richard McLaughlin. He will tell of experiment and tragedy on Exmoor, show a 1942 film of a secret large-scale test firing, and will include eye-witness accounts of front-line rocket operations. One of the rockets will be on display. Richard McLaughlin lives in the East Lyn Valley, not far from the memorial. He is a retired civil engineer, having worked on the design and installation of offshore oil platforms and hydro-electric works. He is still active as a volunteer officer in the Engineer & Logistic Staff Corps, a specialist group in 77th Brigade, the Army’s information warfare unit. Those attending this event may be interested in going on the Exmoor Society walk on Friday 24th May when they will be able to view the memorial to Col. Maclaren.

Wine, Teas, Coffees and Ice Creams. A pre-booked light supper is available during the interval (see booking page).

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Richard McLaughlin: THE WWII EXMOOR ROCKET: its birth on Brendon Common and destiny on D-Day.
St. Luke's Church Seating Plan