Neil Quincey celebrated his 90th birthday on Saturday, June 27, with a trip to Newmarket where 20 of his friends laid on a picnic for him.
When he got back to Hunstanton it was off to the Heritage Centre for a reception organised by Hunstanton and District Civic Society.
Neil was expecting Mark Service to receive an award for the vital role he has played over the past four years in restoring links between the USAF 67th Special Operations Squadron and Hunstanton, which benefitted enormously from heroic rescue efforts by members of the 67th on the night of January 31, 1953, when Neil and his family were brought to safety from their flooded home in South Beach Road by the Squadron’s most famous son, Reis Leming.
Neil was therefore taken completely by surprise when town mayor Andrew Murray presented him with a similar framed print of photographs by Brian Holmes, pictured above, commemorating the part played by the 67th since the Squadron helped celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2012 with a parade along the seafront.
The next day Neil’s daughter Jane invited more than 70 guests to a surprise birthday party at the le Strange Arms. And there was yet another surprise when members of the 67th SOS, led by their Commander, Lt Col Bradley Downs, ‘gatecrashed’ the party to present Neil with a framed print that included personal birthday greetings from squadron members.