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95th – Report

IV (AC) Squadron and the Association had a fantastic weekend 1st and 2nd June to celebrate the 95th Anniversary of the formation of the Squadron.

The Friday ‘Meet and Greet’ was attended by about 150. Catching up with friends from the past was the main focus of this event and this aspect was definitely ‘Duty Carried Out’. There were members from all over the world, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and USA to mention a few. The Committee had felt that a bar extension till midnight would be sufficient, but in the event there would almost certainly have been people there if the bar had been open till 3am. It was just as well it wasn?t because Saturday was a full day.

The weather was fantastic, appreciated by the 400+ that attended. The Squadron had organised a full programme of Naval Gun Team, Bouncy Castle, Rodeo Bull, Volley Ball, Motorcycle Demo, Squadron Shop, Strawberries and Cream Stall and face painter. In addition, in the bright afternoon sunshine, we were treated to a most impressive flying display which included Harriers, Hawk, Tucano, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Sea King helicopter and a fully aerobatic glider ? all the more impressive given that this date clashed with the Biggin Hill Airshow. The afternoon was rounded off with a Hog/Lamb roast and BBQ, and live music. The weekend was memorable, well organised and great fun.

Thanks must go to the Squadron, who, even though they were deploying the next week, did a fantastic job in setting-up the whole event. Special thanks are due to the principal organisers ? they know who they are ? and the Squadron?s cheery volunteer bar staff who were so busy they didn?t even have time to have a drink themselves. Well Done Happy Four and a big Thank You. In Futurum Videre.

Tony McKeon

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