On 28 May 2003, members of the Durham and Northumberland Branches of the 23 Group gathered at Newcastle International Airport to mark the re-dedication of the Commemorative Plaque.
The Plaque had originally been placed on the stairs leading to the then public viewing area. As a result of the extensive rebuilding works at the Airport Terminal a new location was required. To our delight the Airport offered to place the plaque on one of the pillars in the check-in hall. As we wanted the plaque to be a public mark of the service given by members of the Corps, this could not have been better.
Approximately 30 members gathered with some others from 22 Group to mark the rededication with a short ceremony. Stephen Rickitt - chairman of the Northumberland Branch - thanked the airport for their kindness and expressed our hopes that the many passengers and others who pass through the airport will remember either their service in the Corps or that of their family and friends.
As some may be aware the Airport is now partially owned by Copenhagen Airport, Denmark and in a link with the ROC's LMK friends, the Airport Danish Finance Director, Lars Friis, responded by saying how honoured they were to re-dedicate the Plaque. Then, in a move which delighted the Association Members, Mr Friis passed on the regards of the Danish LMK with whom he had been in contact before the ceremony.
George Armatage (Durham Branch) responded on behalf of the Association thanking the Airport, and Mr Friis, and also the members who were present and those who unfortunately were not able to be there in person.
The Airport then kindly provided a round of drinks for all present which was much appreciated