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RAF Shawbury Annual Reception celebrates RAF Benevolent Fund's centenary

Earlier this month RAF Shawbury held its Annual Reception to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the RAF Benevolent Fund and to thank the people and organisations who have supported the station throughout the year.

RAF Shawbury Station Commander Group Captain Chris Mullen delivering his address to guestsRAF Shawbury Station Commander Group Captain Chris Mullen delivering his address to guests

 

Around 80 guests attended the event hosted by the Station Commander, Group Captain Chris Mullen, in the Officers' Mess.

Group Captain Mullen, said: "It has been a pleasure to welcome our guests to RAF Shawbury to celebrate the centenary of the RAF Benevolent Fund.

"This event has presented an opportunity to highlight the excellent work of the Fund as well as thank those local organisations and the wider Shropshire community who support the Armed Forces, enabling us to deliver world-leading training."

After the Station Commander delivered his address, the guests were invited outside to watch the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team perform.

Guests at RAF Shawbury's Annual ReceptionGuests at RAF Shawbury's Annual Reception

Once the Falcons had completed a successful landing and salute, a Juno and Jupiter helicopter from the Defence Helicopter Flying School performed a precision flypast ahead of the Last Post, played by a trumpeter of the Band of the Royal Air Force College, and the ensign lowering during the Sunset Ceremony.

The guests also had the chance to witness a historic Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight make several passes over the ceremony.

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