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Why Celebrate Camouflage?

I’m the CEO of a rapidly expanding technology group. So why would I want to get involved in a camouflage festival?

If you are at all curious, I will tell you why!

I first found out that Leamington was the home of camouflage during the Second World War through Kristie Naimo after she had met someone telling her about a previous festival held here. We decided 2 years ago that this was something incredible about our amazing town and we wanted to celebrate.

I then met Barry Franklin, Chair of the Leamington History Group, who really got me hooked on camouflage.

What did it mean to this town to have the unit based here? This area was important because of the factories here. Leamington’s AP Lockheed was the only place in the UK that manufactured brakes and clutches, which were obviously hugely important to the war. The Camouflage Unit consisted of scientists to investigate what the naked eye of a German pilot could see after 5 hours of flying; artists to design and paint the camouflage structures; and local people, especially women, who helped make the wire meshing for the painted composite material to be molded around (think papier-mâché on a greater scale!). Logic met creativity met hard work and a willingness to learn new skills. All the qualities the people of our town show today.

So I base my business here in Leamington because of camouflage.

Because the people I recruit here have a logical creativity and are willing to learn. Because technology needs those kind of people. This is why I want to celebrate camouflage this year.

Sarah Windrum
The Emerald Group

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