It is now more than a year since we lost our Vice-chairman, Robert Dunnett. Robert and Rita died within six weeks of each other. The following is a "thank you" to all our members from Robert and Rita’s son, Mark Dunnett and an appeal in aid of the Macmillan charity, who give such enormous help to those in need.

Alan Powell

"We have also been unable to hold a "celebration of life" with their extended family and friends that we had initially planned for last September - which would also have been their 60th wedding anniversary, but because of the "lock downs" we've not been able to do this. One pleasant surprise, however, is that my two daughters have signed up to do the "McMillan Mighty Hike" in July in memory and celebration of their grandparents and will be walking 26 miles from Long Melford to Flatford to raise monies for that fantastic team of people who helped my Mum and Dad so much. Should any MHAS members wish to support them, I've attached the “just giving” link, but please, no obligation.


As a result of the above, we have not been able to extend a huge "thankyou" to all the MHAS members and supporters who sent such kind messages following the loss of Mum and Dad. As you are very aware, MHAS and the Control Tower Museum had been such an important part of Dad's life, and his passion for the projects, events and overall cause never waned - especially if diggers were involved! His motto I believe being "it's always easier to seek forgiveness than authority"! The achievements "the team" were able to chalk up were quite incredible, and the links and subsequent messages from our friends in the US have also been very touching. I am also very grateful for the encouragement and help you and the team gave dad in the last year, when he was clearly struggling but desperately wanting to do his bit for MHAS - and to Mum, who's mobility was particularly challenging. Your collective support and encouragement was so very much appreciated. Thank you.

In conclusion, I would like to wish MHAS committee, members and supporters every success for the future. To dad it was a project worth fighting for, and getting off the ground was a struggle, but now in flight, I hope that your collective captaincy will steer the museum to even greater success and importance in the future, but as Robert "Bob" Dunnett has had to bow out, it's up to me to thank you ALL for your unwavering love and support to a very special man that I was lucky enough to call Dad".

Mark Dunnett.

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