THE RAF LICHFIELD MEMORIAL
At 11.00am on Friday June 15th 2001 the RAF Lichfield Memorial was opened by Norman Corbett (27 O.T.U 1943) cutting the ribbon to the gates of the Memorial Site. A Guard of Honour was provided by the ATC cadets of 1206 Mercian Sqdn and the Royal British Legion with their Standards. A service of dedication was conducted by the Reverend John Allan and then Mr James Hawley, the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire unveiled the Memorial. The Homage was read by the Reverend Stanley Morris, former vicar of Alrewas and Fradley and Group Captain Kym Osley C.S.C RAAF - Air Force Adviser from the Australian High Commission laid a wreath on behalf of the Australians. The Last Post was played by Mrs Glenys Beveridge followed by a two minutes silence and Reveille, then the Air Force Hymn to the tune of 'Eternal Father Strong to Save'. Readings were given by two children Jack Walford and Kerry Bailey from Alrewas and Fradley School's respectively, the National Anthem followed with music being provided throughout by Arthur Tipper who plays at our Reunions. The Ceremony was completed by a flypast of three Harriers from 1 Sqdn RAF Wittering.
Tea and coffee were served to guests by the Village Hall Committee, soft drinks were donated by McDonald's Restaurants of Lichfield.
The Memorial is near Fradley Church, a bench donated by RAF Stafford is now in place
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