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

The WWII Exmoor Rocket: its birth on Brendon Common and destiny on D-Day.

Friday 17th May at 7:30, 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.

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

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The WWII Exmoor Rocket: its birth on Brendon Common and destiny on D-Day.
St. Luke's Church Seating Plan