The 2003 Biggin Hill Airport Reunion, definitely the biggest event ever held at the Airport (other than an air show), took place on Saturday 6th September 2003. Held in the Interflight hangar at the airport, the event arena was furnished and decorated with massive TV screens showing incredible old footage of the airport, and an hour long "Rogues Gallery" photograph album featuring many faces from both the past and the present.
Attended by more than 500 people during the two part event, doors opened at 13:00 and ran continuously until 02:00 on the Sunday morning. (To view photos taken on the day, please click here).
The first part of the event - the Reunion proper, saw around 180 old Biggin Hill'ites gathering to reminisce with friends and colleagues from the past. Guests enjoyed an afternoon buffet lunch, whilst watching video films and photos from the past. A moving "Roll of Honour" featuring the names of old friends no longer able to be with us, was displayed to remind us who we now all miss, and was followed by a moving toast to old friends.
Running seemlessly on from the Reunion, at 19:00, the event moved fully into party mode, and the numbers swelled to some 430 guests. Guests enjoyed a two course hot meal, whilst being entertained by a live trio, and film/photo sequences on the big sceen TV's, before the welcome address just before 21:00. A most moving moment was when, immediately following the "Roll of Honour" with the names of dear departed friends and colleagues was displayed on the big screens, the whole event became totally silent as everyone stood to toast the people we all missed from our past.
The party really then gained momento as the highlight of the event - Chris Smith and his String of Pearls swing band appeared on stage to entertain us. Within a few moments, the whole dance floor was packed with guests dancing to a wonderful selection of old and new numbers by the band. This atmosphere continued, with only a short break for the Tombola, until around 2am, when the event finally closed its doors.
During the day and the evening sessions, a camera crew filmed the event and produced a very special momento of the occasion.
Judged by everyone who has already made contact with us, the event was a HUGE success, and everyone left, I am sure, completely exhausted after a very special day.
Finally, thanks to all who supported us, both as guests at the event, and those who so generously sponsored us.
Updated 28th November 2007
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