RAF helps to restore graves and memorial

RAF Boulmer students and instructors at Embleton memorial and war graves. Picture by Shavonne Geeson
RAF Boulmer students and instructors at Embleton memorial and war graves. Picture by Shavonne Geeson

RAF students and instructors helped to restore Embleton cemetery’s war memorial and war graves.

The seven pupils who took part in the task are from the RAF School of Aerospace Battle Management at RAF Boulmer.

They had been asked to help by Jill Irvine, the cemetery manager, and their work included weeding, raking, digging and the removal of debris.

Cpl Vaughan Campbell, one of the course managers, said: “Community projects like this enable students to draw from the RAF’s ethos and core values; respect, integrity, service before self and excellence.

“The project was a great success and it highlighted the importance of RAF Boulmer’s involvement within the local community.”

Following their basic training into the RAF at RAF Halton, the students are now undergoing their basic trade training (BTT) course to become aerospace systems operators.

As part of this, the trainees are required to take on a community project. During the course, they will also receive training on complex radar systems and air-battle management, among other things.

After graduation, the students will be posted to units throughout the UK, where they will contribute to the defence of the UK at home and to operations abroad.