Battle Of Britain events bring back memories for Wings Queen

Sylvia Avery. Photo by Jane Russell.
Sylvia Avery. Photo by Jane Russell.

A former Queen of the Wings Carnival has been reminiscing about her past as the country remembers 75 years since the Battle of Britain.

Sylvia Avery, 77, grew up in Bassett Road, Leighton Buzzard and loved going to Wings Week, an event held every September after the Second World War, organised by the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) and the council.

Sylvia Avery when she was crowned the Wings queen in 1957.

Sylvia Avery when she was crowned the Wings queen in 1957.

She said: “Seeing all the celebrations has brought back so many memories of the Wings Week for me.

“It was similar to the carnivals we have today, floats would go around the town and it would be a big celebration. It was just after the war and people were really enjoying themselves.”

She was crowned the Queen of the carnival on two occasions during her teenage years, when she was 17 and 19.

She said: “The RAFA held a dance at the Swan Hotel on the High Street and there would be about 12 or 15 of us competing, they would choose the top three.

Sylvia Avery at the Wings Week in 1957

Sylvia Avery at the Wings Week in 1957

“I remember the second time I won it, I was 19 and had to have a photo shoot and I was presented with some shoes, it was quite surreal.”

Sylvia now lives in Milton Keynes with her husband, she has two daughters and a son, who is the manager of the family business, Avery’s Garage & Transport Services, based in Leighton Buzzard.

The grandmother of five told the LBO: “Wings week was good fun, the Wings Queen had to be in attendance when it went round the town.”