RAF Locking crew reunite after five decades

PUBLISHED: 15:00 09 September 2012

RAF reunion. Photos by Annette Morris.

RAF reunion. Photos by Annette Morris.

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▲ A REUNION of RAF Locking members who first met five decades ago was held on Saturday, reuniting some former air force apprentices for the first time in 50 years.

The 50th anniversary of the 100th Entry unit saw 62 people from across the world get together to celebrate their time at the base.

In January 1962 about 150 16-17-year-old men arrived in Weston to start apprentice training at No 1 Radio School at RAF Locking.

During the three years there they made an impact on the local area before most moved on to all sorts of careers across the world. On Saturday, people came from as far and wide as New Zealand, Gozo and Cyprus as well as the UK.

The men met up at the Webbington Hotel near Axbridge, for many their first visit to the area since 1964.

An RAF Hurricane completed three fly pasts during the day.

Reunion member Dave Morris said: “After a superb dinner and a short speech the men assembled on the dance floor and gave a resounding rendition of their entry hymn, Jerusalem, which gave rise to more than a few wet eyes among the ladies present.”

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