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Re: RAF Haydock
« Reply #9 on: Saturday 29 October 05 12:11 BST (UK) »
Hi Greyhound,
Couldn't even hazard a guess as to how many personnel were stationed there during my time there. It isn't information that you can easily come by and I don't ever remember it being discussed.

Don't know about the female members of staff either. Although they were there when I arrived in September 1964. By that time the tape relay system had been replaced by a system which was very similar to the Telex system of the day. That meant that fewer bodies were required and a few months after my arrival all WRAF personnel left the camp. We were never told why, but I suspect it was the beginning of the end for the camp. Shame really as I loved my time there.

I can confirm the story regarding the roller skates though, as that was discussed on a number of occasions.

In the Tape Relay days I would suspect that there was around 20 to 30 on each of four shifts, could be out on those figures as its mere speculation on my part, whereas in my day there was a Warrant Officer, Corporal and two airmen on each shift.

The net was replaced by a wall on three sides which had earth banked up against it and was then turfed, so that, from the road, you couldn't see anything. The other side was shielded by the slag heap which frequently burst in to flame and had to be damped down by the fire brigade.

Have you heard of the ghost in the working area? Apparently he walked down the corridor regularly. Think he was a miner who was killed in the pit.

I was on night shift when the phone rang in the early hours. It was the two girls in the telephone exchange at the end of the corridor from us. They were in blind panic....."Theres a ghost waking down the corridor!" they kept screaming at me.

I told them to stay on the line and I went to look down the corridor. Of course I didn't see a thing and went back to the phone, by which time the girls had calmed down and said that it had gone.

I never did see the ghost during my two stints there, but I will never forget the panic and absolute terror in the voices of those two girls.

Jimbo.

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Re: RAF Haydock
« Reply #10 on: Sunday 30 October 05 15:47 GMT (UK) »
Jimbo,
thanks again for the info, speaking of the ghost, sorry not heard about this. I do know the slag heaps on the side of the camp had a pit there, The Princess Pit and no doubt miners were killed working here. and you know how ghost stories go. :oThe slag heaps were still smoking when I was a kid and smelled awful, :'( wonder what was tipped on them.?
The camp closed in 1971 so somewhere there must be a photo of the closing ceremony.

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Re: RAF Haydock
« Reply #11 on: Sunday 30 October 05 19:34 GMT (UK) »
I have just posted a message on SP asking if anyone know of any photos from the closing ceremony, will keep you posted.

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Re: RAF Haydock
« Reply #12 on: Monday 31 October 05 14:53 GMT (UK) »
Jimbo,
thanks a bundle, your a pal. ;) Info on this camp is hard to come by.
regards

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Re: RAF Haydock
« Reply #13 on: Monday 31 October 05 20:23 GMT (UK) »
No response as yet. Asked an old pal from our Haydock days yesterday if he had any info, but he knows, or remembers, less than me.

Have you tried the local newspaper? I would have thought the closure would have been big news in the Haydock area.

Jimbo   ;D

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Re: RAF Haydock
« Reply #14 on: Tuesday 01 November 05 18:03 GMT (UK) »
Jimbo,

thanks again, I have made a little headway, there is a bloke lives not far away from me who served his national service at the camp. I have to look him up as he has passed word on he would only be to pleased to share any info he has ( maybe a photo or two) 8)

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Re: RAF Haydock
« Reply #15 on: Tuesday 01 November 05 21:59 GMT (UK) »
Tried every conceivable search I could think of on the net for RAF Haydock last night but drew a complete blank.

Hope the chap who served his NS there proves fruitful.

Good luck,

Jimbo

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Re: RAF Haydock
« Reply #16 on: Tuesday 01 November 05 23:02 GMT (UK) »


I wonder if the Closing ceremonies are on film!

this site has hundreds of old films!! I didn't look for Haydock but it might be worth a try!

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Re: RAF Haydock
« Reply #17 on: Wednesday 02 November 05 14:29 GMT (UK) »
Annie,
thanks for the info much appreciated. I have just had time for a quick look at the web site but it only came up with one item for Haydock, ( no luck with RAF Haydock). :( but thanks again.

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