Eye-opening visit to RAF college

TAKING FLIGHT -- members of the Probus club at RAF Cranwell
TAKING FLIGHT -- members of the Probus club at RAF Cranwell
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A GROUP of members and friends of Hucknall Men’s Probus Club have enjoyed an outing to the Royal Air Force College at Cranwell, near Sleaford in Lincolnshire.

The college dates from the First World War when the Royal Naval Air Service sought to establish a single unit for training purposes. About 2,500 acres of farmland, mainly from the Earl of Bristol’s estate, were requisitioned for the purpose.

Later taken over by the Royal Air Force (RAF), the college became the first military air academy in the world. A new college building was officially opened by the Duke of York, later King Edward VIII, in October 1934.

A prestigious concert is to be held in the grounds of the college on Saturday July 16, with Queen guitarist Brian May and West End and Broadway star Kerry Ellis topping the bill.

Proceeds will be for the RAF Benevolent Fund. There will be a fly-past, weather permitting, and the event will finish with a spectacular firework display.