12:40 Tuesday 26 November 2013

Barry Aldridge's book publishing dream comes true

Written byJORDAN DAY

Sue and Barry Aldridge pictured with the new book, Memories of RAF Witchford. Sue and Barry Aldridge pictured with the new book, Memories of RAF Witchford.

A wife has fulfilled her ill husband’s dream of having his own book published.

Barry Aldridge, from Ely, played a key role in setting up a display of Second World War memorabilia at Ely Museum in May 1995 to celebrate 50 years since the war ended.

Over the years, Barry, who ran a successful plumbing business, became increasingly passionate with his research and the display grew and grew.

There is now a RAF Witchford Display of Memorabilia at the Lancaster Way Business Park in Ely - the former RAF Witchford airfield.

Barry, 67, always wanted to write a book about his passion and planned to do so when he retired but in 2010 he became unwell and in 2012 he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

However, with support from local publisher Dr Chris Thomas, his wife, Jane, and Ely resident Beth Lane, Sue, Barry’s wife, has been able to make his dream come true.

Memories of RAF Witchford, priced at £16, is now on sale at Burrows Bookshop in Ely’s High Street Passage.

All profits will go to the RAF Witchford Display of Memorabilia and Soham Lodge Residents Fund.

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