I received a phone call on June 24th 1973, (exactly 42 years ago today) from Doug Arnold asking me to go up to Blackbushe, "As I have bought the airfield and I want you to help run it".
He conveniently forgot to tell me that there was a press call. On arrival his beautiful Spitfire was parked on the grass where 'AirFirst' aircraft are parked today. Doug was standing leaning against the massive propeller and I was asked to join him while the Aldershot News photographer did his job.
Shortly afterwards a very attractive and smartly dressed blonde, female reporter came over and started asking all sorts of questions for an article which was published in the local papers a few days later. He also took some photographs of us while we chatted together. Shortly afterwards we went out together and eventually Sandra and I married and are still married today. How lucky can you be and we even have photographs supplied by the photographer, at the time, of the very first day we met!
A special day indeed!! As my co founder of the One-stop Forum I send you and the smartly dressed blonde reporter sincerest best wishes and congratulations on a magnificent 42 years. Sandra got more than her story on 24th June, 1973.
Celebration time!! I've already raised my glass to you both...to Stuart and Sandra