RAFA events mark 1966 squadron adoption

RAFA cadets Max Pymm, Daryl Green and Jack Criddle with Flying Officer Dan McGlynn and Sergeant Lynda Kinniburgh

RAFA cadets Max Pymm, Daryl Green and Jack Criddle with Flying Officer Dan McGlynn and Sergeant Lynda Kinniburgh

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The Melton Mowbray Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) branch and club held an open day to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the town’s 1279 Squadron ATC in 1966.

The event at their Asfordby Road headquarters on Saturday raised £500 for the organisation’s Wings Appeal, which supports serving and ex-RAF personnel and their families.

Celebratiing 1966 with a table football game are RAFA committee members Susie Harrison, Brenda Cox, Brian Fare and Laura Heggs

Celebratiing 1966 with a table football game are RAFA committee members Susie Harrison, Brenda Cox, Brian Fare and Laura Heggs

Hundreds of visitors were able to enjoy various attractions including stalls, lucky dips, children’s games and displays.

There was a barbecue, face painting and a recruitment stand. Cadets from the 1279 Melton Mowbray Squadron ATC also held a stall to raise club funds.

Brenda Cox, vice chair of the Melton branch of RAFA, said: “The weather was very hot and we had a lovely afternoon.

“As part of the celebrations there was a table football tournament and a special plaque presentation was arranged to commemorate the adoption.”

Melton RAFA representatives exchange certificates with cadets from the 1279 Melton Mowbray Squadron ATC during a special plaque ceremony which marked the 50th anniversary of their partnership  PHOTO: Supplied

Melton RAFA representatives exchange certificates with cadets from the 1279 Melton Mowbray Squadron ATC during a special plaque ceremony which marked the 50th anniversary of their partnership PHOTO: Supplied

Dignitaries who attend included Melton Mayor Jeanne Douglas, Senior Townwarden Dinah Hickling, 1279 Squadron ATC Padre John Hewer, President of the Melton branch of RAFA Harold Jarvis and secretary Brian Fare and his wife Amanda.