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Museum apprentice wins Wolverhampton Rotary award

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: March 10, 2014

Bethany with her award

Bethany with her award

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AN apprentice at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford has been acknowledged by a local Rotary Club for outstanding conservation work.

The award was presented by the Rotary Club of Wolverhampton at their annual awards evening on Thursday, February 20, where Bethany Colburn was named 'Rotary Club of Wolverhampton - Apprentice of the Year' and was presented with the George Sidebotham Memorial Award.

This is the third annual awards held by the club, set up in honour of former member George Sidebotham, who was a member of the Rotary Club of Wolverhampton for more than 30 years.

Mr Sidebotham served as an RAF Lancaster pilot with 100 Squadron during the Second World War and was a prisoner of war during the time of the Great Escape.

The event was attended by five of the RAF Museum's Apprentices. During the evening they gave a presentation to Rotary Club members and their guests, about the ground-breaking work they are undertaking on the Dornier Do17, the largest conservation project ever undertaken by the RAF Museum at Cosford.

Bethany was presented with a trophy and a cheque, before being presented with an additional prize from Bomber Command Historian Rob Davis.

Bethany was nominated by RAF Museum Training & Development Manager, Mick Shepherd, for her part in the conservation of the smaller Dornier components.

Bethany said: "It's great to have the support of the Rotary Club and to gain recognition for the conservation work we do."

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