July 1945, Wharfedale Hospital.
Grew up in Rawdon, retired to Cyprus.
Date of Interview
10th July 2020
“Hi Carlo, You have my permission to publish”
Richard Hayes (23rd April 2022)
Richard Hayes’ life has been full of action with a career in the RAF as an Air Traffic Controller and retirement in Cyprus which is where I caught up with him for this Skype interview.
Richard has lovely memories of the original Benton Park School in Rawdon the new one was built in the 1960s.
His father, Thomas, was an engineering inspector at the famous AVRO factory in Yeadon during the Second World War.
We talk about Route 66 and the Oregon Trail as well as travelling as a passenger on container ships.
A very nice chat including a couple of things I didn’t know anything about Air Traffic Control and Cyprus.
Interviewer: Carlo Harrison
Recording Editor: Carlo Harrison
Cyprus – Coronavirus
Cyprus Climate – Air Conditioning
Cyprus – Government
Cyprus – Tourism
Cyprus – Greek & Turkish
Cyprus – British Settlers
Father – Thomas Hayes – Engineering Inspector the AVRO WWII. Mother Maggie (Dyson) Cotton Mill Worker (Lancashire)
Sisters – Barbara (Rawdon) – Margaret (Otley)
Cyprus – Retirement
School Days – The Original Benton Park, Rawdon
Wife – Yvonne Trimble – Married In Barbados
Children – Jeremy (Construction Project Manager) – Martin (Police Officer)
Career In The RAF Air Traffic Control
Historic vehicle Restoration
Route 66 – Oregon Trail
Passenger On Container Ships
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