Large crowds celebrate RAF’s 100th anniversary at special church service
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Veterans and residents packed out Sidmouth Parish Church this week to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the RAF.
The town marked the centenary of the air force with a special commemoration and thanksgiving service at the church on Wednesday, led by The Reverend Robin Laird, a former assistant chaplain general H M Forces.
The service also recognised Sidmouth and the surrounding communities part in the RAF’s history, especially during World War Two. In honour of the occasion the 150 strong crowd sang hymns, including one to the tune of The Dambuster and a rendition of Happy Birthday. Members of the town’s cadet group were part of a standard parade alongside the British Legion and Royal Air Force Association.
Organiser Alastair Watson, said: “I was absolutely delighted. I was almost overwhelmed that people recognised the sense of occasion in recognising the 100th anniversary.”