Battle of Britain Dinner

The Battle of Britain is one of the greatest victories in the history of the Royal Air Force and in the Services centenary year it’s important that we pay tribute to this achievement. “Never was so much owed by so many to so few”. We honour these men and women at MOD St Athan by having a Junior Ranks Battle of Britain Dinner. Now in its fourth year, the Dinner took place on the 7 Sep 18 and was attended by all the Phase 2 trainees.

The Dinner aims to promote and instil ethos and core values of the Royal Air Force into the Phase 2 trainees, who are on No 4 SofTT for a considerable length of time. The event front of house staff encapsulated the Whole Force Approach of the Unit, with volunteers from across the permanent staff. The evenings soundtrack was provided by the MOD St Athan’s Voluntary Band, conducted by Mr Alan Bourne, who delivered yet another accomplished performance. The All Ranks Mess staff headed up by Mr Gary Niblett provided fine catering for the evening. The food and service of the Mess was exemplary and thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Various students were selected to stand up and deliver accounts from the Battle of Britain. These vignettes were used to help tell the story of the Battle and to gain an understanding from an individual’s perspective. The keynote speech was delivered by the Station Commander, Wg Cdr Steve Rowley. The evening columnated with the national anthems and loyal toasts to both Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.

All of this would not have been possible without a kind donation from Griffiths civil engineering and construction. Mr Alun Smith, Director, (pictured) attended the Dinner as a guest of the Station Commander. The Dinner was a first for Mr Smith and gave him a greater understanding of the ethos and core values that underpin the Royal Air Force he said,

“It was an honour to help fund such a fantastic evening, which I thoroughly enjoyed and it was nice to see the latest members of the Royal Air Force acknowledging the acts of their predecessors.”

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