Artefact of the Month Archive

A CHAMPAGNE GLASS FROM RAF TANGMERE

November, 2012

In 1968, on the last guest night at the RAF Tangmere Officers’ Mess, it was decided to mark the occasion by arranging champagne glasses in a large pyramid and to carefully pour champagne down the pyramid from bottles above. The guest list that night was a mixture of serving officers, ex RAF officers and a large number of wives and girlfriends. Flight Lieutenant Paul Moores was given the delicate task of pouring the champagne which he successfully did, the cold fizzing liquid overflowed down the stems of the glasses to the ones below and so on until all the sixty glasses in the pyramid were full. The pyramid was finally dismantled and each glass was passed to the assembled guests for them to drink.

One of these champagne glasses was presented to the Museum in 2012 by Barry Shears, an engineering officer at RAF Tangmere and one of the officers present that night. He tells the story that the morning following the guest night he found the champagne glass in his car – how it got there he does not know!

THE CHAMPAGNE GLASS CAN BE SEEN IN THE ‘TANGMERE BEFORE AND AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR’ EXHIBITION IN THE MUSEUM’S TANGMERE HALL

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