Ensign flying over Town Hall to mark RAF centenary

Ensign flying over Town Hall to mark RAF centenary
29 March 2018

The Royal Air Force Ensign is flying over the Town Hall during the Easter Holidays to mark the 100th anniversary of the RAF.

Darlington Borough Council is proud to fly the Ensign over the Town Hall to show the support the people of our borough have for members of the RAF, and all our Armed Forces – past, present and future.

A short ceremony to mark the raising of the Ensign was held at the Town Hall on Thursday 29 March. Among those present were Cllr Jan Taylor, Mayor of Darlington; Senior Aircraftman Craig Macduff, RAF Leeming; Norman Athey and Peter McGraghan, Darlington branch of the Royal Air Force Association and Flt Lt Jon Gibbs, 405 Squadron (Air Training Corps), Neasham Road.

The Mayor said: “On April 1, the RAF will celebrate its 100th anniversary. To mark this occasion, there will be events all over the country, highlighting its history and achievements, celebrating the work the RAF is doing and looking forward to the next 100 years.

“Darlington has many different connections with the RAF –those living here who are serving, or have served in the past. But also our historic links, in the form of Pilot Officer William McMullen, who stayed at the controls of his Lancaster Bomber to prevent it crashing into houses, and Andrew Mynarski VC of the Canadian RAF, who was based at RAF Goose Pool and died trying to save one of his crew.

“It is only right that we raise the RAF Ensign above the Town Hall, and I thank those who attended, from RAF Leeming and the Darlington branch of the RAF Association, for coming to bear witness to this event.”

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