At the age of 11 I went to the grammar school in the first year it opened in the early 1960’s. I remember sitting on the playing fields and an almighty roar as Vulcans took off steeply from Woodford nearby and climbed steeply over the school leaving 4 black plumes behind them.

On one occasion I remember 3 taking off one after the other. To this day the awesome power of the Avro Vulcan remains with me.