A monument which symbolises Farnborough’s history has been unveiled at its new home.
A ceremony to unveil the obelisk, known as the Jetstream monument, took place on Tuesday (November 8) at the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Museum, in Farnborough Road.
The Jetstream was unveiled by Barbara Allday, the widow of its original designer Peter Allday, and has been placed near the top of the entrance drive to the museum where it will be on view to all.
It consists of a tapered, square section body carrying a stainless steel plaque on each facet and topped by a large stainless steel curved arrow with a tip similar in shape to that of Concorde; the arrow had been made by Royal Aircraft Establishment apprentices.
The four plaques each depict scenes relevant to Farnborough, each having been designed by Mr Allday.
One depicts Farnborough Abbey and Napoleon III; another depicts Samuel Franklin Cody, his British Army Aeroplane No. 1 and the first airship built at Farnborough, Nulli Secundus.
A third plaque pictures Concorde and the buildings in the town where it was tested while the fourth depicts the Cove Potter and what was supposed to be the Parish Church of Farnborough, St Peter’s.
Unfortunately, the depiction of the parish church was not immediately recognisable as such.
Mr and Mrs Allday, who had been married there in March 1968, began a campaign to have this fourth plaque improved so it did, as intended, convey a recognisable picture of the church.
And it has finally, due to Mrs Allday’s persistence, been altered. The new version has been created by Boundstone Engraving Ltd of Lynchford Road.
The obelisk was originally positioned outside what is now Poundland, then the site of Woolworth’s, and was unveiled by the Mayor of Rushmoor Cllr Bill Farthing in 1977.
It was later repositioned at the southern end of Queensmead, where it stood for a long time outside Iceland. With the recent remodelling of Queensmead, the monument was removed and members of the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust Museum asked to preserve it.
The unveiling ceremony was attended by The Mayor of Rushmoor, Councillor Jacqui Vosper, the chief executive of Rushmoor Borough Council , Andrew Lloyd, the deputy chief executive of RBC, Ian Harrison, leader of the council, Cllr David Clifford, secretary of the Farnborough Society, Barbara Hurst, managing director of Boundstone Engraving Ltd, Peter Dawson, assistant minister St Peter’s Church, Rev Richard Cobbold, members of the Cody family and the local historian Jo Gosney.
FAST Trustees and volunteers were also present.
Speaking after she had unveiled the obelisk, Mrs Allday said: “I am thrilled to see the newly restored Jetstream in its new home where it will be safe and everyone will be able to see it as they walk up to the museum.
"I am particularly pleased with the new replacement plaque which correctly depicts St Peter’s Church and I congratulate the engravers at Boundstone Engraving Ltd.
"I would also like to thank David Wilson, FAST Trustee, Ian Harrison of RBC, and Mike Holden.”
The Mayor of Rushmoor, Cllr Vosper, said: “It is wonderful to see the ‘Jetstream’ moved to outside the FAST Museum.
"I think it is a more apt place for it to be where people can look around it and study it. When it was in Farnborough in the town centre they used to always walk past it.
"It was lovely to have Mrs Allday here to unveil it.”
Mrs Gosney added: “I am delighted that the obelisk has been restored.
"So many people have asked me where it is and now they will be able to see it again.”
The museum is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 4pm.