Are You in the Picture?

50 Years Ago This amazing picture  represents a generation of Rye history.

The photograph was taken in the Drill Hall for what was almost certainly a Dance put on by 2274 Squadron (Rye) Air Training Corps. Percy Mitchell, the Rye ATC Commanding Officer is seen seated with two Air Force Officers, probably from R.A.F. Rye, the Home Chain Radar Station, locally known as ‘The Pylons’.

The Pylons were at Kent Ditch Corner and the living accommodation for the unit was further on, where the Filipino Village is today. The photograph, taken in 1954 Continue reading Are You in the Picture?

Rye Soprano at Harrogate

A story of a Rye girl doing well in Harrogate.

Many Rye people will remember Sylvia Joan Button who attended Rye Grammar School in the early 1950’s.

Sylvia was one of the early members of the Rye Junior Methodist Choir formed in 1949 – She rapidly became the choirs leading Soprano and was very successful in the various Musical Festivals in the District under the tuition of Mr. Jim Foster.

Sylvia was married at Rye Methodist Church in 1959 to John Dawes a Yorkshire man stationed at RAF Rye. They made their home at Harrogate where Sylvia continued with her singing under the guidance of Music teacher Robert Naylor.

Under her married name of Sylvia Dawes she has become very well known in Harrogate music circles, was principal Soprano in the Harrogate Grove Road Meth­odist performance of the Messiah last December.

Sylvia. who has two children. Jeanette (10) and Alan (6). has also kept up her interest in Athletics, she represented the Rye Schools at County Level.

From the July 1970 issue of Rye’s Own