ROYAL OBSERVER CORPS ‘YELLOW BELLY’ REUNION

Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days September 10th & 11th 2011

2011 marks several anniversaries for the Royal Observer Corps in Lincolnshire. It is not only the 20th anniversary of the Stand Down in 1991, it is also 75 years since the Observer Corps was established in the County and it is the 70th anniversary of both the award of the title “Royal” and the first recruitment of ladies to the organisation.

To mark this, a major event will be held in St Clements Church, Fiskerton showing the history of the Corps. The Observer Corps of Special Constables was formed in 1925 but it was 1936 before it came to Lincolnshire. Initially, the north of the county was controlled by 10 Group, York while central and southern areas of the county were controlled by 11 Group, Lincoln. From 1953 the northern posts came under 18 Group, Leeds and then reverted to 20 Group, York in 1965. Lincoln was renumbered 15 Group in 1953 and in 1968 the posts in the north were transferred to Lincoln until the stand down. The Warning Team was organised by the United Kingdom Warning & Monitoring Organisation, a department of the Home Office.

Any one who served or had links with any of these organisations will be very welcome. There will be photographs, plotting displays, and equipment from the early aircraft plotting days as well as the underground bunkers of the Cold war. Come and try your hand at the 1958 Master Test or use the flash trainer!A special event for the Saturday evening will be a visit to the old H Q buildings and old operations room. Primetake the present owners have agreed to give a conducted tour to former members and their partners round the old buildings and provide a buffet tea for a small charge, commencing at 1700 hrs to 2000 hrs, numbers will be limited so tickets will be issued first come first served.
Please contact Freda Styles on 01522 750690 or email freda.styles1@gmail.com with any information you may have and to book your visit to the old H Q. The Church will be open 11am to 4-30 pm both days, drinks and light lunches will be available.

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