50th Anniversary Reunion at National Memorial Arboretum – 12, 13 May 2008
On 12 May fifteen members and partners arrived at The Riverside Hotel, Branston, Burton on Trent to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of our Enlistment in the 89th Entry Aircraft Apprentices at Royal Air Force Halton. The event was organised by Peter Moseley.
On 13 May we visit the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas, Staffordshire. We arrived early at the Chapel to attend the short service that is unique in our country. The Arboretum volunteer welcomed the 89th Entry to the Arboretum before a packed congregation, then gave a talk on the construction and items in the Chapel before the Last Post, 2 Minutes silence and Reveille were sounded and observed.
Due to the size of the Arboretum (150 acres) members dispersed at their own pace to various memorials around the site, including the new Armed Forces Memorial which was dedicated by the Queen last year to those who have died in service since WWII. It is surprising how many RAF names are listed and how many conflicts there have been since 1945.
On return to the hotel we had another informal night and, surprisingly for a reunion, everyone was in bed before midnight! It must have been the walking that tired us out, we’re not as young as we used to be and we’d been blessed with having exceptionally good weather for the two days.
It was a day to remember and many thanks to Peter Moseley for organising the event.