Flying through the sound barrier at Brechin Probus

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Brechin Probus Club’s meeting on Tuesday, May 15 was tinged with sadness with the news of the death of the last surviving founder member, John Morris. Those present were asked to observe a one minute silence as a mark of respect.

Chairman Hector Masterton then reminded members that the summer lunch will take place on June 12 at the usual venue.

Speaker on the day was Dave Gillespie, who gave a screen presentation entitled “40 years in the Ministry of Defence Fire Service”.

Dave detailed the various stages of his career in the fire service, together with the courses and promotional boards he attended as his career developed and he progressed up the promotional ladder. He attended a number of RAF stations throughout his career for training where he achieved proficiency in the application of a wide variety of fire fighting techniques to include crash rescue and working with breathing apparatus.

Dave worked at many air stations, including Edzell, and was promoted to the post of Station Manager at Leuchars.

Finishing his talk by emphasising how much he enjoyed his employment and to mark the end of his career it was arrange for him to fly in a Tornado Jet Fighter, at one point flying though the sound barrier.

Ian Gordon gave the vote of thanks for what proved to be a most interesting talk.