I was lucky enough to be invited to the RR day at Donnington by a photographer friend (I could never have afforded the ticket!).
It would be hard to pick out all the highlights but the South African Boeing 707 and the 'squadron' of Spitfires lit up the daytime proceedings whilst the mixture of stirring music, fabulous air displays (and the Weasley's Ford Anglia - from Harry Potter) etc made it a magical evening not to be forgoten.
Thank you RR.
Bruce Baker-Johnson, Kirk Hallam, Derbyshire
I worked for RR after leaving school at the age of 15, my father worked in the plateing shop down number 1 yard Nightingale Road, later during my time there I met my late husband Brian who then worked in the Quality department (Mr Jones was in charge.) He left the Company in early 1980 and we moved over to the states to work for Voi Shan part of Fairchild Industries, in Culver City California. However I have a great number of RR memories including a book which the then Director of Q A, Tom Bowling presented to Brian. It's a book by Michael Donne --Leader of the Skies-the first seventy-five years. I am very proud to own this book and display it all the time on the coffe Table.
Rolls Royce is a great company and I am so please to have been a part of it.In 1963 I was voted APP.ASSCN.PERSONALITY GIRL DERBY, and have the beautiful deep blue and gold sash that was presented to me. Thank you Mr Rolls and Mr Royce
Valerie Turner, Florida
Born in Derby and started an Apprentice at RR on Ascot drive 1966.Always make a point to visit the RR stand at the Dubai Airshow. Congratulations on winning trent1000 orders for the 7E7 great engine great plane makes one proud to be "British".
Ray Allen Dubai UAE
My grandfather, John Bancroft, and his brother Charles were among the first intake of apprentices in the new factory in 1906. My grandfather was aged 12, and his brother 14 years old.
Christine Searle, Shefford, Bedfordshire
I started as an apprentice at RR in May 1953. The journey that morning was a few miles from my home in Littleover. I never imagined I would spend 51 years in Aerospace and retire in Arizona. I was priviledged to be recruited to the U.S.A. where I was a one man project who developed a gas turbine engine from a paper design. We produced 660 by the time I moved on and never had a single return.
Geoff Alcock ,Arizona
Just wanted to flag that on 12 June at Donington Park, Derby Rolls-Royce will be hosting a Centenary Day of Celebrations. Tickets available to general public via www.wingsandstrings.org.uk or 0870 4422149
Further information available on www.rolls-royce.com
Should be a fantastic day - all welcome!
Communications Consultant, Centenary
Roseann Ward, Rolls-Royce London
The name Rolls Royce and the power behind it has been extremely valuable to myself as a past employee, within my life overseas in the United States of America and currently my home in Vancouver Canada. When ever I meet people from the Aerospace Industry and the word "Royce's" is mentioned there is an immediate common ground on which to talk.
Thanks Mr Rolls and Mr Royce
Louis Twyford ,Vancouver Canada