Save the Tangmere WW2 Control Tower

Gillian lent her support for the campaign to save the Tangmere air control tower at Tangmere airfield. The Tangmere airfield is of great historical significance to the area, having been instrumental in the Battle of Britain during World War 2. The airfield was used during the D-Day invasion of occupied northern France and was the launch point for Special Operations Executive (SOE) agents, including tragic heroine Violette Szabo, the 'bravest woman of the war'.

The airfield was also home to the legendary Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader who commanded a squadron at the airfield and it was also the base for Spitfire ace Johnnie Johnson, the RAF's top scoring fighter ace of the war. In more recent history it was where Prince Charles learnt to fly in 1968. 

The base was closed in 1970 and most of its buildings were knocked down to create room for housing, however, the former control tower still remains in poor condition.

The campaign to save the Tower is ongoing and is being supported by the Tangmere Aviation Museum, Tangmere Local History Group and the University of Chichester.


World War Two: Polish Contribution - Westminster Hall debate

It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Pritchard. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Shrewsbury and Atcham (Daniel Kawczynski) on securing the debate and on his excellent and moving speech. It is a great honour to follow the hon.

MP attends Tangmere Tower ale launch

The ‘Save Tangmere Tower’ team have worked alongside Steyning-based Riverside Brewery to develop a brand new beverage - to help raise money for the tower’s restoration.

MP supports appeal to fund restoration of RAF tower

Fundraising is set to start to help restore Tangmere’s iconic air control tower. The Save Tangmere Tower campaign has taken off since it launched last November, with supporters including MP Gillian Keegan, historian Paul Reed and TV ‘history guy’ Dan Snow.

Gillian Keegan MP meets with Tangmere Tower Project Team

Chichester MP, Gillian Keegan met with Matt and Neil from the Tangmere Tower project where they spoke about the tower and the campaign so far. Gillian was accompanied by her husband Michael Keegan who is a history enthusiast.