OUR VISITORS IN 2011

Apart from the many thousands of holiday-makers who visit Sheppey each year, the island's community also has the pleasure in welcoming special visitors; the first group was in May, when the guinea-pigs spent the day touring the island.

The guinea pigs are second world war pilots who suffered burns and injuries whilst defending our country against the German Luftwaffe. Pioneering plastic surgery, which was virtually unknown in 1941, was carried out experimentally by Dr Archibald McIndoe at the Queen Victoria hospital in East Grinstead.

The Guinea Pig Club celebrated its 70th birthday on the Isle of Sheppey, the cradle of British aviation. The first flight by a Briton in this country took place at Eastchurch, back in 1909, whilst during World War Two Eastchurch was home to an RAF fighter base. The group's itinerary included a visit the Eastchurch aviation memorial, Blue Town Heritage Centre for tea and the Aviator public house in Queenborough for lunch.

For a report on the club's visit, please see http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/koslaunch.aspx?referral=other&refresh=Cf9102YcjW05&PBID=1471d767-2d73-438d-91fb-ac809ecc0ddd&skip=










SHEPPEY TOURISM ALLIANCE, BLUE TOWN HERITAGE CENTRE, HIGH STREET, SHEERNESS, KENT ME12 1RW
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