The Who Do You Think You Are? Live show is over for another year, and it was a great success! This year there was a very special guest attraction – a replica World War Two Spitfire, complete with its own ground crew and WW2 props – as Forces War Records joined the Lytham St Anne’s Spitfire Display Team to celebrate the show’s 10th Anniversary at the NEC in Birmingham. Visitors, including Anita Rani, the English radio and television presenter and journalist, were given the opportunity to climb aboard and have their photo taken inside the cockpit of the iconic aircraft, as well as a chance to chat to the Spitfire Crew, who were in costume and character throughout the three days.
Forces War Records’ team of military and genealogy specialists were kept very busy, both inside and outside the replica RAF hut, giving research advice on everything from the movements of POWs and the history of the RAF, to medal recognition and handwriting and document deciphering. We also ran demonstrations of our website’s features and carried out quick name searches for visitors, to see if we held records for their relatives on our database.
We’ve already had some lovely feedback from visitors to the stand, including the winner of the competition we ran for the show, who told us how delighted he is to have won the free flight with ‘Flying for Freedom’. The charity, which we’re currently sponsoring, seeks to enable the recovery of wounded, injured and sick servicemen by supporting them through Microlight flying training.
Thank you to all those who came to see us, and if you didn’t get to speak to us, our Customer Services team is always on hand to help members to find the person they’re looking for and uncover the secrets of their family tree.
Our special show discount is still available, any time before midnight 17th April. You can use the code ‘SPITFIRE25’ to receive a 25% discount on full membership. Hurry, you don’t want to miss out!