For the first time ever, youngsters representing RAF Boulmer Airplay group took part in the Remembrance Day parade in Alnwick on Sunday.
Youngsters from the youth group, which meets every week at RAF Boulmer, joined the Remembrance Service held at St Paul’s Church, before joining the parade to the town’s War Memorial. The youngsters took part in the wreath-laying, representing the RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF’s leading welfare charity.
Bryan Jackson, Airplay youth support worker at RAF Boulmer, said: “Today went extremely well considering it was our first time and we even soldiered on through the parade, enduring torrential rain. The church service was amazing and I got a shiver of pride when Airplay Youth Support Boulmer was read out.”
Flag bearer, Henry Jaques (17) carried the Airplay flag with pride. Henry, who is autistic, said with a smile: "It was good and felt very proud."
Emily Anderson-Faulkner (13) who was the Wreath Layer, said it was an honour to be given this once in a lifetime opportunity to lay a wreath on behalf of the RAF Benevolent Fund in memory of those who gave so much for their country.
Philippa Musgrave (12) said she felt nervous with the responsibility and sad knowing that so many had lost their lives and thinks it is important to remember.
Escorting the Poppy Wreath and Airplay flag respectively were Joe Ferry (9), Libby Toole (13) and Kane Toole (15).