Baton to mark Royal Air Force centenary celebrated at Exmouth ceremony
PUBLISHED: 17:00 11 September 2018
The Exmouth Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) held a ceremony for the arrival of a special baton touring the country to mark the Royal Air Force’s centenary.
Exmouth’s town crier, Roger Bourgein, announced the baton’s arrival, at a ceremony attended by local dignitaries, including Exmouth’s mayor, councillor Jeff Trail, Reg Abbott, chairman of the Exmouth RAFA branch, and members of the East Devon Aircrew Association, who represented past aviators of the RAF and Royal Navy.
After an inspection of a guard of honour, made up of Exmouth squadron cadets of the Air Training Corps, RAFA area director Paul Baker arrived with a baton dedicated to the father of the Royal Air Force, Lord Trenchard. David Laskey, Exmouth RAFA branch president, thanked committee members, chairman Reg Abbott, John Thompson, secretary, Tom Harcus, treasurer, David Scott, Daphne Phebey, David and Pat Packer and Graham Clark.