RAF100 Formal Dining-in-night a Major Successful Event
For possibly the first time since World War II, Morecambe hosted a formal RAF Dining-In Night. On Friday 20thApril, 115 serving and ex-service RAF personnel, honoured guests, RAF Air Cadets, families and friends sat down to a splendid meal at the Headway Hotel to celebrate the 100thanniversary of the foundation of the Royal Air Force.
An event which had been two years in the planning was, on the night, extremely tested when a nasty crash on the M6 delayed both dinner guests and a coach party also destined for the hotel – inevitably they arrived together!
“We always get excellent service from the Headway and an event of this size, together with a full hotel, would have been a challenge at the best of times,” said Squadron Leader Brian Jefferson, RAF Association Branch President and Master of Ceremonies for the evening, “but the way the staff coped with this upset to their plans was truly amazing. We can't thank them enough.”
Air Cadets from 455 (Morecambe & Heysham), 1127 (Kendal) and 2246 (Carnforth) Squadrons did a sterling job of escorting guests to their tables and persuading them to part with their money for the Grand Raffle!
Guests heard an address by the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, Lord Shuttleworth, who revealed a personal connection with the RAF: his cousin, the third Lord Shuttleworth, had been an RAF pilot and was shot down off the Isle of Wight on 8thMay 1940.
"An excellent evening was had by all. As one guest commented: “I love the camaraderie of the armed forces associations and the work they do and yesterday demonstrated what they are all about. To have senior officers, high ranking civic dignitaries, service and ex-service personnel of all ranks and young cadets all mixing together, and excellent and emotional speeches and a super "master of ceremonies" was a wonderful thing.”
Numerous photos of this event can be viewed by clicking the following link:www.rafa.org.uk/morecambe-lancaster/news-shots