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Hilary Burton

"I live for Jive and Travel"

"Flying and Cambridge".

Hilary Burton:
Born in Newcastle, but brought up and lived most of her early years in Singapore, where she schooled at the Deans International school. Her father was a Captain for the Straits shipping company, from whom she discovered her love of travel. The perfect opportunity presented itself, when she literally bumped into Sir Damien at the famous Raffles club, Singapore.
She decided not to Return to postwar England to finish her schooling, and made up her mind to take a few years out. After much persuasion, her parents managed to convince both Catherine De'lancy and Sir Damien to take a risk on this travel obsessed young girl.
She achieved her career dream and began flying as one of the “Airsupport Girls”.
later, when her fame needed to take a backseat she enrolled and began attending Girton college, Cambridge, reading Mathematics. However she could often be found in the Eagle pub in Cambridge where she would rehearse with her jive band, “The 26ers”. named after the number of colleges at Cambridge at that time. Her audience included many well known RAF personnel, one of whom would become a permanent fixture in her life!

 

Hilary Burton:
Born in Newcastle, but brought up and lived most of her early years in Singapore, where she schooled at the Deans International school. Her father was a Captain for the Straits shipping company, from whom she discovered her love of travel. The perfect opportunity presented itself, when she literally bumped into Sir Damien at the famous Raffles club, Singapore.
She decided not to Return to postwar England to finish her schooling, and made up her mind to take a few years out. After much persuasion, her parents managed to convince both Catherine De'lancy and Sir Damien to take a risk on this travel obsessed young girl.
She achieved her career dream and began flying as one of the “Airsupport Girls”.
later, when her fame needed to take a backseat she enrolled and began attending Girton college, Cambridge, reading Mathematics. However she could often be found in the Eagle pub in Cambridge where she would rehearse with her jive band, “The 26ers”. named after the number of colleges at Cambridge at that time. Her audience included many well known RAF personnel, one of whom would become a permanent fixture in her life!

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