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College & OF History: 1975-2000
Into the Third Millennium
Framlingham College...
By John Maulden

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Ernest Edmund Fresson OBE (1901-05)
One of our distinguished OFs celebrates a memorable anniversary in May 2008. Ernest Edmund Fresson OBE (1901-05) was a pioneer aviator and businessman and 8 May 2008 marks 75th anniversary of his starting the first scheduled air service from Inverness with his company Highland Airway, later to become part of British Airways. This anniversary led a year later, to him introducing the very first domestic airmail service in the UK, between Inverness and Kirkwall. The 75th anniversary of this historic event will be on 29 May 2009. Among his other notable achievements is the building of the first tarmac runaway in the UK on Stornaway. For more detail on Fresson, please see the distinguished piece on him by clicking here.

To mark this anniversary the Fresson Trust, in collaboration with Ernest’s son Richard, has republished his father's memoirs “Air Road to the Isles”. OFs have been offered the opportunity of ordering a pre publication copy at the discounted price of £15 plus p&p. Click here for more details and order form. The book includes mention of the College and will be featured in the next Yearbook.