The sun sets on annual RAF thank-you reception

RAF Boulmer personnel were delighted to welcome civic dignitaries and members of the local community to the annual Spring reception in the Officers' Mess. The flag is lowered during the ceremony.
RAF Boulmer personnel were delighted to welcome civic dignitaries and members of the local community to the annual Spring reception in the Officers' Mess. The flag is lowered during the ceremony.

RAF Boulmer personnel welcomed civic dignitaries and members of the local community to the annual spring reception in the Officers’ Mess.

The evening provided the opportunity for the Station Commander, Group Captain Jeff Portlock, to thank all those individuals and organisations who have provided such sterling support to the station over the year and to all those who have helped to make his tour of duty such a memorable one.

Group Captain Portlock told guests that his tour at RAF Boulmer had been the best of his career and this was, in no small part, due to the close relationship that the station enjoys with its neighbours.

He also acknowledged that the support of families, veterans and local communities is vital to maintaining morale. He said: “Wherever I have served, I have never felt such strength of feeling for the RAF and what we do as here in Northumberland. We should embrace this but never become complacent or lazy as, no matter how proficient we are operationally, we are wholly reliant on the support and friendship we enjoy within our local community. We could not function without it.”

Wing Commander Martin Ogden, Officer Commanding Control and Reporting Centre, gave a presentation on the integral role that RAF Boulmer will play in the Olympic Air Security Plan this summer.

The evening was rounded off with a sunset ceremony, featuring the Band of 5 Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, a parade of RAF Boulmer personnel, the lowering of the RAF Ensign and a flypast by a Sea King helicopter from A Flight 202 Squadron.