A CENTENARY of the Royal Air Force was commemorated by members of the Rugby and District Branch of the RAF Association (RAFA).
They gathered at St Andrews Church on Sunday (April 29) for a service to celebrate 100 years of the world’s oldest independent air force.
The service was conducted by the Rev Imogen Nay, and guests of honour included The Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire Eric Wood, Mark Pawsey MP, Mayor Belinda Garcia, Group Captain Richard Jacob BA RAF, representing the Royal Air Force, and Squadron Leader John Tisbury MBE RAF (Ret’d), the Regional Chairman of RAFA.
On display at the service was a stand – or ‘token’ – depicting the Royal Flying Corp, one of two elements of military service that combined to form the Royal Air Force in 1918.
Three of these tokens are being relayed around the country’s RAFA branches and will finally come together at the Birmingham Military Tattoo in November of this year.
The Rugby and District Branch of RAFA meets on the second Monday of each month at 1pm at the Ex-Servicemen’s Club, The Green, Hillmorton.