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No. 6 Squadron airmen visit Hythehill Primary students on Red, White and Blue Day

Red, White and Blue DayStudents from Hythehill Primary School in Lossiemouth celebrated the Armed Forces this week with a special assembly and visit from airmen from 6 Squadron as part of Red, White and Blue Day.

RWB Day is a national campaign run annually by the three official Service charities which highlights the role of the Armed Forces and the difficulties faced by Service families.

This year, RWB Day marked the centenary of World War I with special videos and a lesson on life and rations in the trenches.

Students were able to hear about how life in the military has evolved over the past 100 years, with Squadron Leader Colin Thomas, Sergeant Billy Ingram and one of the pilots from 6 Squadron talking about their experiences in the RAF and giving a demonstration of the life raft, lifejacket and helmet they fly with.

They were joined by Karen Cox, an RAF wife who spoke about the challenges faced by military partners and children.

Squadron Leader Colin Thomas, from No. 6 Squadron, said: "Red, White and Blue Day is a great opportunity to talk to students about service and life in the Armed Forces. The assembly really helped connect the past and present, teaching about historical events while giving them a better understanding of life in the modern Armed Forces."

Students showed their patriotism by wearing red, white and blue for the day and donating one pound each. The funds raised will be divided amongst the Royal Navy Royal Marine Charity, ABF The Soldiers' Charity, and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. The charities provide a full range of care for all generations of the Armed Forces family.

Hythehill Primary School Head Teacher Madeline McCutcheon said: "We are very proud of all our service families past and present and were very happy to support this initiative."

Patty Wallis, Project Manager for Red, White and Blue Day, said: "We are thrilled to have more than 600 schools and almost 200,000 students participating in Red, White and Blue Day this year.

"It's wonderful to see students honouring those who fought in World War I and learning more about those who serve today. The funds raised this year will help the three Service charities support Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and their families in need."

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