In Search of Oldton

The outhouse buildings at the northern edge of the airfield were used for a long time by the Veterans Taxi Service.

The name suggests that the service may well have been run by ex-RAF men who decided to stay on in the town once the airfield had been shut down. It's possible that William Gay was one of them. It may seem odd to run a taxi service on the edge of town rather than in the centre, but CB radio reception would have been particularly good up here, and perhaps some old radio equipment was left behind by the RAF.

Curiously, the buildings also contain Japanese graffiti scratched on some of the walls. The story goes that RAF Oldton was the only camp in the UK during the War to hold Japanese POWs.

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