Big mil­i­tary pa­rade to mark RAF’s 100 years

Western Mail - - NEWS - Liz Perkins Re­porter liz.perkins@waleson­line.co.uk

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

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