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SLIDESHOW: Spitfire plays part in RAF memorial service

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 21, 2014

  • 20/06/14 RAFA remembrance service Royal Air Force Association wreath laying, National Memorial Arboretum....

  • 20/06/14 RAFA remembrance service Royal Air Force Association wreath laying, National Memorial Arboretum....

  • 20/06/14 RAFA remembrance service Royal Air Force Association wreath laying, National Memorial Arboretum....

  • 20/06/14 RAFA remembrance service Royal Air Force Association wreath laying, National Memorial Arboretum....

  • 20/06/14 RAFA remembrance service Royal Air Force Association wreath laying, National Memorial Arboretum....

  • 20/06/14 RAFA remembrance service Royal Air Force Association wreath laying, National Memorial Arboretum....Rev (Flight Lieutenant) Chris Carre

  • 20/06/14 RAFA remembrance service Royal Air Force Association wreath laying, National Memorial Arboretum....

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A SPITFIRE animated the East Staffordshire skies as part of an event to celebrate those who gave their lives while serving in the RAF.

The aircraft dipped and swooped above the National Memorial Arboretum, in Alrewas, as part of the RAF Association’s annual remembrance service.

The day provided the opportunity for serving members and retired veterans to meet and talk about their experiences.

Secretary General Nick Bunting said: “The RAF Association annual remembrance service at the National Memorial Arboretum is an extremely important event that we hold on behalf of the whole RAF family.

“The short service was an opportunity to unite us all once again to remember those who devoted their lives to their country.

“The atmosphere is positive and uplifting and we encourage everyone to come and commemorate the contribution these people and organisations have made to the RAF and the wider community.”

During the service, guests had the chance to enjoy the RAF Association Band under the musical direction of Peter Skellon.

A spokesman for the event said: “Remembrance is an important part of what the RAF Association does to ensure people are kept united and strong.

“Through the solidarity of maintaining connections and ensuring that nobody within the RAF family is left alone or in need, and by paying tribute to the lives of those lost, it helps enable the organisation to connect with all generations of service personnel and their families, and to help support the needs of the living after, in some cases, their relatives or friends have passed away.”

More information on the RAF Association is available by calling 0116 266 5224.

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