RAF man saw his father behind the wheel of royal Rolls Royce.
THE accession of Queen Elizabeth II made news headlines around the world and for one young man, a particular piece of newsreel footage has made a lifelong impression.
Brian Blacklock was an 18-year-old serving with the RAF at a British camp in Egypt when he sat down with his colleagues to watch a Pathé film about the young Queen’s visit to a UK airbase.
But he nearly fell out of his seat when he realised that the man behind the wheel of the Queen’s Rolls Royce was his father.
Brian, 78, from Westward Ho!, said: “I couldn’t believe it, I was dumbfounded. I wanted to get up and shout but stopped myself as I didn’t talk much about my father.
“He was also in the RAF and he used to drive the chiefs of staff around – but I had no idea he’d be chauffeuring the Queen.”
Despite his father’s associations with top brass, Brian said he wanted to carve out his own career path, a resolution that saw him posted to the Suez Canal .
“I didn’t want people to know I had a father in the air force,” added Brian, who went on to become an air frame mechanic and Rolls Royce coachbuilder after his time in the RAF
“When I signed up he tried to get me a home posting but I’d said ‘no’ as I wanted to see the world like he did.
“It was a very enjoyable time – the following year for the coronation we had a big parade on camp in Egypt.
“The camaraderie was unrivalled. We stuck together and looked after that – you didn’t get that on Civvy Street.”