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Dakota flypast for Armed Forces Day

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: June 27, 2014

  • The Dakota will fly past at the peak of the celebrations

  • Armed Forces Day falls on June 28 this year

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ON SATURDAY June 28 , events across the country will celebrate the contributions made by those who serve, and have served, in Her Majesty's Armed Forces. The annual Armed Forces Day is an opportunity to reflect and pay tribute to our heroes past and present, including current serving personnel, service families, veterans and cadets.

The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford will once again participate in this annual event by hosting veterans young and old from all three services.

During this special reunion, hosted by Museum staff, all veterans will be treated to a full day's programme. There will be free refreshments for guests on arrival at 11am, followed by behind the scenes access to the museum's Conservation Centre and a talk from Darren Priday, the Conservation Centre Manager, about the ongoing Dornier 17 project to preserve the rare German bomber.

For lunch, veterans will have the rare opportunity of dining with other guests amongst the aircraft and artefacts on display in the museum's Hangar 1.

During the afternoon, guests will be treated to musical performances from The Jays, a 1940s singing quintet who love nothing more than resurrecting the wonderful hits of the Second World War made famous by The Andrews Sisters and The Glenn Miller Orchestra. Their toe-tapping, memory-jogging 1940s vocal harmonies should have Armed Forces Day guests singing along to every song.

A highlight for guests and visitors to the museum will be a spectacular flypast from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Dakota, scheduled for 1:25pm (weather permitting).

All-in-all this promises to be an exciting day which will enable veterans to meet up with old friends, reminisce over shared experiences, and enjoy themselves in the authentic atmosphere and setting of the RAF Museum. The day will conclude at 2.30pm, when guests are free to wander around the museum. Event organiser Louise Hammond says:

"It is an honour for the RAF Museum to be able to host so many veterans and serving personnel for Armed Forces Day.

"We have a fantastic day planned for guests and we look forward to welcoming new faces, as well as regular attendees to the event."

Attendance to the event is free of charge and by advance registration only. Any veterans who would like to attend are asked to book their place now by calling 01902 376200 or for more information visit the website: www.rafmuseum.org/cosford.

Parking for Armed Forces Day guests is also free.

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