TANIA Pons’ children’s interest in trains led her down a completely different track when she was looking at the disused Midhurst branch line through Selham.
She discovered a wartime airfield so secret, it was not on any airtime maps.
After researching it thoroughly, Tania visited Fernhurst to talk about Royal Naval Air Station Cowdray Park, backed up with photographs, maps, reminiscences and local memories. The Fernhurst Centre was overflowing with people who came to listen to what they said proved intriguing and well-delivered.
The talk was appreciated by the Fernhurst Society audience who plied her with questions and comments.
Several in the audience remembered the airfield from their childhood and others remembered the huge bonfire at the end of the war. After the war, the airfield’s short runway rendered it obsolete for the more modern planes and it was returned to the estate.