A relay marking 100 years of the Royal Air Force has arrived at the National Memorial Arboretum.

The RAF 100 Baton Relay visited Alrewas at noon yesterday (June 11) carried by Flt Lt Nosheen Choudry.

A mini-relay then took place at the arboretum with two veterans, a serving officer and a cadet carrying the baton.

Among them was Denis Cook, who served in the RAF in the 1960s and 70s.

Volunteers carrying the baton through the National Memorial Arboretum

The 75-year-old, who volunteers at the arboretum, said: “When the people started clapping when we were carrying the baton I got really choked up.

“I’m so very proud to do this.”

Denis joined the RAF in 1962 and trained as a wireless mechanic, then served in Borneo in 1965 during the Indonesia confrontation.

For the 50th anniversary of the RAF, he washed the giant wings of Vulcan bombers for a flypast over Buckingham Palace.

“I owe the RAF a lot,” he said. “I joined as a boy but it made me into a man.”

Also carrying the baton was Muriel ‘Mim’ Morris. The 72-year-old served in the RAF between 1963-71.

She also works as a volunteer for the arboretum and said: “It was an honour to take part – a chance to play my particular part in the 100th anniversary.”

Click below to see pictures from the event at the National Memorial Arboretum:


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