Felixstowe: Grandfather’s proud visit to see grandson at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose
BONDED through family and military ties, a grandfather and grandson stood proudly shoulder to shoulder for a special day at a Cornish naval base.
Eric Cook, from Felixstowe, and his grandson, Ipswich-born Royal Marine Colour Sergeant Julian Cook, met up at the Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose, the base which welcomed the Olympic torch to Britain.
Ninety-two-year-old Eric, an original member of the once thriving Felixstowe Royal Artillery Association (RAA) and a Second World War veteran, was given a tour of Culdrose.
Eric made a trip to Cornwall to stay with his two grandsons Julian and Simon, both former Cliff Lane Primary and Copleston High school pupils.
“It was a fantastic day for me and it was great that Julian could give me a tour of the base. A real thrill,” said a delighted grandfather.
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Eric served on the Western Front during the war fighting in the desert campaign including Tobruk and El Alamein.
He is also thought to be one of the last remaining members of the 67th Medium Regiment (Suffolk Regiment) of the Royal Artillery which was formed in Felixstowe as war broke out.
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For his 37-year-old grandson, who joined the Marines straight from school aged 16, it was a “special honour” to escort his grandfather round the base.
“He loved it and we managed to get the base photographer to take a few shots of us in the helicopter hangar. Grandad got a tour of the base and he was also able to go into the mess for lunch,” said Julian.