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We are celebrating the RAF Centenary!

Posted Thursday, 29 March 2018

  • Kirkby Lonsdale celebrates RAF100
  • Kirkby Lonsdale celebrates RAF100 at the Lunesdale Hall
  • Kirkby Lonsdale celebrates RAF100
  • Kirkby Lonsdale celebrates RAF100 at the Lunesdale Hall

Kirkby Lonsdale is delighted to mark the RAF’s 100th anniversary by flying 100 RAF roundel flags in its main streets. The town has a reputation for marking anniversaries with displays of relevant flags, usually just one or two, for events such as Trafalgar Day, the Queen’s Birthday and so on.

But this time, the Town Council and Chamber of Trade felt that as the town is often overflown by low-flying RAF fighter jets using the Lake District terrain for exercises, a more comprehensive display was appropriate.

The flags will stay up until early May as they will also help mark the anniversary of VE-Day (Victory in Europe) on May 8.

RAF100

2018 marks 100 years of the Royal Air Force (RAF), the World’s first - and most famous - independent Air Force. Our brand is recognised throughout the World, the roundel synonymous with courage, adaptability and innovation.

Their centenary year provides unique opportunities to:

  • Commemorate 100 years of extraordinary success, achievement and sacrifice.
  • Celebrate the professionalism and dedication of today’s RAF, which is airborne 24/7 supporting the UK’s interests at home and abroad - whether defeating Daesh in Iraq and Syria, or delivering humanitarian aid to where it’s needed most.
  • Inspire future generations by telling our unique story - to the Nation and beyond.

RAF100 is the Campaign to support this milestone in the Nation’s history. It will launch officially on 1 April 2018 with the RAF100 Baton Relay and run for approximately six months, with a programme of public events at national and regional levels. There will be some limited RAF100 activity as we approach the public launch, including a House of Commons reception at Speaker’s House on 29 November 2017 to commemorate signing of the Royal Assent 100 years ago, which led to the formation of the Royal Air Force in 1918. RAF100 will also support the national ‘Never Such Innocence’ arts competition and launch the RAF Youth/STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programme during autumn 2017.

The centrepiece of RAF100 public-facing activity takes place on 10 July 2018, with a centenary service in Westminster Abbey, followed by a parade in The Mall and mass flypast. This will be an unparalleled spectacle in modern times, with the potential to reach a global audience of millions, reinforcing the UK’s reputation at the forefront of defence aviation excellence.

RAF100 will showcase the very best of the Service - with commemorative airshows throughout summer 2018, themed regional events and unique opportunities for the public to interact with us through a nationwide tour of famous aircraft from the past 100 years to the centres of some of the UK’s biggest cities. 

The RAF100 Campaign supports the Government’s Plan for Britain: a Global Britain; a Stronger Economy, a Fairer Society; and a United Nation. RAF100 is also closely aligned to a range of Government initiatives, including the Year of the Engineer, the Scottish Government’s ‘Year of Young People’, and Vote100. 

You can learn more about the RAF100 by visiting this website: www.raf.mod.uk/raf100