The Flying Fish - a popular watering place for all RAF personnel
The Flying Fish – a popular watering place for all RAF personnel

15 thoughts on “Picture: The Flying Fish”

  1. Nice to know The Fish is still there. I was in The Royal Observer Corps and we had our Summer Camps at RAF Watton, 89 & 90. Sadly 1990 was the last camp as we were stood down in 1991. While I was in the Corps, all bar one of the camps were on RAF stations, looked after RAF staff. Brilliant times

  2. Hi,
    No. 1 Hangar was home to 192 Sqdn. where I was, as teenager, one of many who ensured the Washington’s got off the ground. Probably closest to the Fish than most.
    I was once surprised when buying a ticket at Newcastle upon Tyne, Central Station when the chap said , “Keep out of the Fish”.
    1954 until 1957 and then on to the Comets.
    Frequented the Fish and once had the honour to represent it at Cricket (don’t ask).
    Now rapidly approaching 85 I have found memories. Here’s strength to your (point pulling) arm. 4142777 SAC Geordie O’Riordan

  3. i was at raf watton 1954-1956spent many a happy hour in the fish i remember a turkey plucker who used to score at darts

  4. Hi,
    Really enjoyed reading all the posts regarding the “Fish”, as we called it. I was stationed at RAF WATTON early ’73 until Dec. 75 and again from May ’79 until Apr ’81. I frequented the Fish just about every single day of the first period and to be honest it was my second home, or to be truthful, my first home. Brian and Sally Worby were the proprietors and I have nothing but the best kind of memories from that time.

  5. I served at Watton from March 1971 to July 1972 and frequented the Fish 2 or 3 nights a week. I think the landlord was named Doug, a small rotund guy, very friendly and accommodating. I worked in the Commcen/PBX, mainly serving Eastern Radar and at that time Honington Admin Wing. Any guys reading this from this period I would appreciate a comment.
    Ray Bailey

    1. Mr Watsham was landlord during war years Rolly Thompson in the sixties then Cliff Knights up to the late Seventies .Before I married I was involved with the Sunday League Football knowing a number of Airmen remember Spud Murphy George Craig who still lives in the area

  6. Hi Guy’s we are the new Managers of the Flying Fish and we would love to do some sort of commemoration in honour of the all the service personnel who were stationed here or who may have visited the Pub. We would love to restore part of the original Bar to its former glory to preserve and the pass on the History to younger generations.
    So Any one with any other pictures or stories or any Info at all would be greatly appreciated. Thanks all and kind regards Jason & Jo

    1. Dear Jason & Jo

      Although RAF Watton is no more their are still serving RAF Families living in the old officers married quarters, we are one of them.
      We love history and were very impressed to see you posting on this forum, your ideas about restoring the “Flying Fish” bar to its wartime beginnings is an exciting thought.
      We will definitely pop in for a pint
      Regards John

      1. The Flying Fish was previously called The White Horse closing in 1938
        The Flying Fish was built behind WH and open late 1938/9

  7. Julian, the Fish is still there and with the same name, not a lot has changed on the front of the building

  8. Lovely to see a photograph of The “Effing” Fish. In 1962/3 I was second projectionist (and occasionally sole projectionist) to Cpl Geoff Jones, both of us from B Flight, 263 Squadron, at the Astra Cinema. After the evening’s performance was over we would usually walk down the “Fish” to recover from our “efforts”, courtesy of Cliff, the Landlord, and his wife, Dorothy. On later occasions, when driving in Norfolk, I would still contrive to pay a visit.

  9. Hi Ivan – worth posting this on the ‘I Was Here!’ page which I have just put on the menu in a clearer position.

  10. I was stationed at RAF Watton 1949-1950 as a DMT
    Are there any guys still around from that time like FT LT Moore my CO

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