RAF Marham held its annual family and friends day with a theme that celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
It was a fantastic afternoon that was packed with breath-taking flying and ground displays that lasted from midday until early evening.
The event’s organiser Sqn Ldr Steve Donnellan said: “This event is a very special day which enables families and friends of serving personnel to come onto the Station and see what their loved ones do.
“There are many static displays where people can ask questions and children can understand what their serving parent’s role is, as well as a significant number of enjoyable activities for all ages.
“We also put together a knockout flying display and this year we have been fortunate to include the Red Arrows, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flying with a Typhoon, the RAF Falcons and many other military, historic and civilian aircraft displays.”
The event is a well-deserved treat for the families and many local dignitaries, friends, companies and contractors that support the station.
This year a number of charities that station has supported were invited. The Service charities such as RAFA, SSAFA, the RAF Benevolent Fund and the British Legion were present along with others who have assisted Service families in need of their help.
The Families and Friends Day Committee also invited 30 children who were under the care of some of the charities that the Station supports.
The children were provided with VIP access to the aircraft and ground displays and undertook the salute, with the Station Commander, from the Officer In Charge of the RAF Falcons following their parachute display.
RAF Marham is a huge community contributor and many personnel work tirelessly throughout the year raising funds in their own time for causes close to their hearts. Janet Qualters is one of these people, who has been raising money for the Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow charity for 10 years, at last count the total raised was nearly £90,000.
In addition to this she is organising clinics across the RAF to recruit potential donors for life saving bone marrow transplants. Janet was at the event and said, “What a fantastic day and one where children and parents had a real day for family memories. Not only were there children from Anthony Nolan, this year we had Diabetic families, Thrombosis UK and children from Nelson’s Journey who were also hosted by Chf Tech Stef Poole. To everyone who has contributed to making this a very special day and one to remember, big thank you.”
The Families and Friends Day ended in style with a 1940’s party that was enjoyed by over 1000 personnel in a hangar with an historic aircraft as a back-drop. RAF Marham personnel have been privileged to see some of the RAF and USAFE’s most exciting aircraft displaying with the added bonus of the Norfolk weather being exceptionally kind!