My father, then a Squadron Leader, was seconded to the MoD for acceptance of the AV Roe Vulcan, being in that position he was invited to bring his family to Farnborough to their display tent in 1953 or 54.

My mother was unwell, I was then aged 11 or 12 and I was allowed to go. The tent, to me, was massive, we had a sumptuous lunch, rationing was still extant as I remember. In the tent, they had all manner of goodies, playing cards, models, badges everything a young lad could desire.

I was at boarding school at the time so flogged my ill-gotten gains and bought tuck with the proceeds. In the afternoon the mighty Vulcan performed a flypast, some passes at low level, to my ears the sound was massive (still is), exciting and will never be forgotten.

Probably the best break a schoolboy could have had from boarding school – ever!