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Iuest speaker, Kent author and poet, Susan Pope was introduced and she began by giving details of her novel: Lighter than Air, the story of the Hindenburg disaster seen through modern eyes – love travels, Lighter than Air.

Susan’s research during the writing of her book kindled a great interest in to the design and technology of airships from the 19th century right up to today. So popular were they, that in 1917 there was an airship race from the Royal Navy Air Station at Kingsnorth to Capel Le Ferne on the coast. Britain ceased manufacture of airships in 1930 following the tragic crash of the R101 in France when many lives were lost. At the end of the illustrated talk, Susan took questions from the audience who had found the talk very interesting.

All proceeds from the evening are given to Susan’s nominated charity: Moorfields Eye Hospital, a charity very close to her heart and she showed a short film describing the advances in the treatment of eye diseases worldwide.

Report written by Liz Jeffery .

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