Published: 05/07/2018 09:58 - Updated: 05/07/2018 11:37

RAF set for huge centenary parade

 

RAF flypast
Jodie, Sean and Geoff Allen
TYPHOONS from RAF Lossiemouth will be taking part in an epic flypast by a hundred aircraft over Buckingham Palace on Tuesday afternoon.

 

About 200 personnel from the Moray base will also be heading to the capital for the RAF’s 100th anniversary celebrations.

Three members of one Moray family will be involved in a foot parade through the city’s streets immediately before the flypast at 1pm.

Geoff Allen will be marching with his son Sean, who’s a serving senior aircraftman, and his daughter Jodie, who’s studying at Elgin Academy. All three play with the RAF Lossiemouth Pipes and Drums.

Geoff, a former warrant officer, said: "I am extremely proud to have served in the RAF and to now have a chance to be part of this historic event."

Daughter Jodie said: "Representing the Air Cadets and taking part with my dad and brother makes it even more special."

While some parade rehearsals have been held at RAF Lossiemouth further training will take place at RAF Halton over the coming days as the entire parade contingent gathers there for final rehearsals.

Corporal Iona MacDonald, a medic at RAF Lossiemouth, volunteered to be part of the parade.

She said: "It means a lot to me to be part of such a historic day as it is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

"Marching down the Mall celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the oldest air force in the world is something that I will never get the chance to take part in again. I’m really looking forward to it."

Flight Lieutenant Matt Pilbeam, a Typhoon pilot with II(Army Co-operation) Squadron, has one of the most prestigious roles in the parade – he will be carrying the RAF Ensign.

He said: "A lot of hard work has been done behind the scenes to make this parade and flypast possible.

"This is particularly noteworthy considering that the RAF still maintains Quick Reaction Alert 24 hours of every day and is concurrently deployed all over the world on active duty as a force for good."

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