Caricature: Former Grantham Mayor Graham Wheat

Caricature: Graham Wheat.
Caricature: Graham Wheat.
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Aviation enthusiast Graham Wheat served in the RAF for three decades, having overcome a bitter blow at the beginning of his career.

Graham said: “I did 30 years in the RAF and have lots of very happy memories but my biggest disappointment was being rejected as a pilot because I was half an inch too short. But I did learn to fly privately at Cranwell afterwards.”

Mr Wheat, 85, of Manthorpe Road, is an avid collector of aviation memorabilia and has an extensive book collection. Graham said: “My Air Force connections keep me going. That’s my main interest now.”

He was raised in Coventry before moving to the area later in life. He recalls living through the Coventry bombing as a 13-year-old. He said: “I remember the raid very, very well. The night of the raid there were four of us in the house and the following night there were 18 because everyone had been bombed out!”

Graham is one of only a handful of people to have served as Chairman of South Kesteven District Council and Lincolnshire County Council and been a town mayor.