The JADeS were extremely honoured to be asked to perform for our wonderful men and Women of the RAF to celebrate their 100 years, to say we felt humbled and privileged was an understatement.

The stage was set to celebrate all the good and bad over the years and each and every person that were involved along the way, aswell as the aircrafts involved over the years.

 

 

The evening followed traditional ceremony including a welcome from the Chairman RAFA Hartlepool, David Stacey.

and also included prayers for the Royal Air force by Father Ian Jackson and a parade and presentation of the RAFA Blackhall and RAFA Hartlepool Standards to RAFA Hartlepool branch, Mr Norman sterling to the RAF march past.

 

We had a wonderful night and met so many wonderful people, thank you all for you’re amazing comments and dancing the night away with ourselves, we had a fantastic night with some wonderful people xx

 

The RAF have done so much in our area to raise awareness and celebrate 100 years of the RAF including: RAF 100 commemorative church service on 8th April held at St Aiden’s, Hartlepool to mark the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Royal Air force. Seven standards were paraded into the church and displayed.

RAF 100th Anniversary Ensign was also flown at The civic centre. On Thursday 29th march branch members together with other Hartlepool Ex service organisations, assembled at The Civic centre to see the RAF ensign raised in celebration of The RAFs 100th anniversary.

Tree planting ceremony at Thornaby; true to the day of the centenary, a ceremony was held to plant a memorial tree on the site of the former RAF Thornaby.

RAF Thornaby was begun as early as 1929 and in 1936 became No. ( Flying training school. In 1939 the station was part of coastal command with 220 & 608 sqns Flying Hudson. They carried out North sea patrols and attacks on enemy shipping, notably The Altmark, a prison ship, resulting in the release of 229 POWs by the Royal Navy. RAFs Thornaby’s biggest contributions to the war were in the area of air sea rescue. In 1943, 280 &281 ASR Sqns were based here and rescued downed aircrew using sea otter and Warwick aircraft. The Thornaby bag was developed here – a package to be dropped to aircrew at sea containing food, water and first aid equipment to keep them alive until pick up.

RAF 100 exhibition: An exhibition to commemorate the RAF Centenary was held at Preston Park museum from May 28th to 30th. The exhibition took the style of a time line from RFC days at Seaton Carew through WW2, The Cold War and Falklands War. Of particular note was the display depicting the actions of Women in the service over the century.

Although the main exhibition is now over, a special selection will be available to see in Preston park Museum from July – September in the community displays area.

There will also be a Hartlepool Armed forces day to look out for on The headland and other areas on Saturday 7th July.

Thankyou to all of our Heroes from every area including our heroic Men, Women and of course our animals we are hugely indebted to you all xx

Thank you also for the lovely comments we received on the night.

Dear Jayne

 Please thank yourself, Andrea, Dawn and Sue for a superb performance 
at Friday’s event. Without exception everyone praised your performance 
and it certainly contributed greatly to what I believe was a 
successful night. Your “Fan Base” must have increased and rightly so!!!!

 Grateful thanks again – look forward to seeing you all in the future?
Regards

 David Stacey
 RAF Association