Big military parade to mark RAF’s 100 years
THE biggest military parade ever held in Swansea is to be staged to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force.
More than 400 RAF personnel, including the Queen’s Colour Squadron, RAF St Athan, and more than 200 Air Cadets will wind their way around the city’s streets after receiving a civic honour from the City of Swansea on Saturday, April 21.
It promises to be the largest event of its kind in Wales, and ahead of the parade there will be a Royal Air Force centenary service at St Mary’s Church in St Mary’s Square in the city.
Phillip Flower, Squadron Leader of 215 (City of Swansea) Squadron of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets, said: “This promises to be the largest military parade in Swansea in living history and will pay tribute to the Royal Air Force, which will be receiving a civic honour from the City of Swansea.
“It has taken 18 months to organise this event for the RAF 100 – we have managed to get the big event in Swansea, which is a huge coup for everyone in the city and county.
“When you think of the Blitz during the Second World War, we relied on all our armed forces.
“There will be a parade of more than 400 RAF personnel including the Queen’s Colour Squadron, RAF St Athan and more than 200 Air Cadets.
“The event has been put on for the general public to show their respect for what they have achieved in terms of freedom and democracy.
“I would encourage everyone to come along as it will be a fantastic event – to have the Royal Air Force Band in Swansea is a one-off.”
A special concert is also being held to celebrate the centenary of the Royal Air Force at the city’s Brangwyn Hall on Friday, April 20, getting under way at 7pm.
“The Royal Air Force College Band will be visiting the city to play their RAF 100 programme while accompanied by outstanding artists such as Gwawr Edwards, The Three Welsh Tenors, Dunvant Male Choir, Morriston RFC Male Choir, Dancerama Performing Arts Group and the Corps of Drums of 215 (City of Swansea) Squadron,” Mr Flower added.
“This is the first time that the Royal Air Force College Band have visited Swansea, and this event is actually spread over two days with the largest RAF 100 event in Wales, and one of the largest in the country. “The band are absolutely amazing.” Tickets for the event are available from www.brangwyn.co.uk
> The Royal Air Force College Band pictured at their RAF Cranwell headquarters