The Honourable Charles Stewart Rolls was an accomplished cyclist, and a leading pioneer
in motoring, motor racing, ballooning and flying. On 02June1910 Rolls made a return
flight across the channel without landing and showed that Britain was no longer an
island and vulnerable to airborne attack.
The first International Aviation Meeting in Great Britain was part of the Centenary
celebrations of Bournemouth in 1910.
When the tail of his aircraft collapsed during a spot landing contest, Rolls was
the first Briton to die in a powered aircraft accident .
on 12th July 1910 .
Annual commemoration will be held on Saturday 14th July 2018