RAF reunion for Locking apprentices 50 years on

PUBLISHED: 19:00 20 September 2013

The 105th Entry Locking at the passing out ceremony in 1966

The 105th Entry Locking at the passing out ceremony in 1966

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FORMER RAF technicians who trained on the Locking site 50 years ago held a reunion at the weekend.

The men from 105th RAF Entry Locking joined up on September 20, 1963. The 39 young adults signed up to become Airforce Apprentices at the former RAF site.

They were to become electronics technicians, and were about to embark on a three-year training course.

After the passing out ceremony, the crew enjoyed successful and varied RAF careers. Several individuals went on to become commissioned officers, flying jets and tankers, while others went on to become RAF engineers.

Three of the crew flew in from the United States for the event, with the rest coming from all over the UK.

Three of the original 39 still live in Weston.

Roger Hargest, one of the former technicians and organiser of the reunion, said: “The whole event was a great success. It was great to meet up again after all these years to see how life has treated us all.”

This year 20 of the original group met up, with 14 of their wives, to reminisce about old times.

RAF Locking opened in 1937 as a training school, and was the number one radio school of the RAF until it relocated in 1999. The site officially closed at midnight on March 31, 2000.

It was bought from the Ministry of Defence in 2002, and is currently being redeveloped as Locking Parklands.

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