10:57AM, Wednesday 19 June 2013
An aeroplane hangar at White Waltham Airfield played host to more than 300 people for the High Sheriff of the Royal County of Berkshire's summer reception.
The annual event, which is held at a different venue in the county each year, was hosted by Suzanna Rose on Monday.
Suzanna, who is the sixth female High Sheriff of the Royal County of Berkshire to be selected since 1066, chose the venue in Waltham Road because of its unique character and iconic history.
The Airfield, which is home to West London Aero Club, is famous for being the headquarters of the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War.
The Auxiliary trained men and women of all ages to fly 147 types of aircraft which they then piloted from the factories to the front line in all conditions.
Guests were all given the opportunity take a tour of the airfield and given the chance to see the memorial stone commemorating those who lost their lives undergoing this work.
Guests also enjoyed an aerobatics display performed by flying duo Lee Myall and Bob Davy also known as 'The Chang Gang' who swooped the skies in their vintage Nanchang aeroplanes.
The High Sheriff of the Royal County of Berkshire, a role which is more than 1,000 years old, is required to retain links with the judiciary and armed forces as well as to promote voluntary work in the county.
Mrs Rose has chosen to focus on the work of the British Red Cross and to raise awareness of mental health and learning disabilities.
She said: "This event is important as a way to support and introduce people who otherwise might not meet."
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