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HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO dropped into RAF Shawbury this morning to officially open the new sports hall. After meeting with the golden couple of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Robbie and Anne Brightwell (nee Packer) along with Olympian, Alison Williamson, from Church Stretton. Other dignitaries included Air Marshal Andy Pulford, Tony Kelly and David Jones of Firmin Sword & Sons, along with many service personnel and families. It was a great honour to have been invited to represent the town of Shrewsbury and our close links with RAF Shawbury and to meet and talk to such a nice person as His Royal Highness.
Station Commander, Group Captain Chris Luck escorted the Royal party around the sports hall introducing His Royal Highness to personnel who were showing the fitness tests that they go through, after his brief walk around the main hall His Royal Highness made a short speach and officially opened the sports hall. He was then taken on a guided tour of the whole building along with the rest of us. I teamed up with the Brightwells and struck up an interesting conversation throughout the tour.
After our tour we all went to the Officers Mess for a spot of lunch before the presentation of medels, awards and the Firmin Sword of Peace in the Station Briefing Facility. The sword is presented to the unit which has been deemed to have done the most for charitable and community efforts over the year.
During 2010 personnel from RAF Shawbury and the Defence helicopter Flying School raised over £44000 for national and local charities, of which £33000 was split between the 3 service Benevolent funds. The 70th Anniversary of the RAF bike ride from RAF Kinloss to RAF Northolt visiting over 70 World War II units raised over £10000 whilst the unit continued to run the hugely successful Taking Football to Africa and beyond appeal. I think you will agree that by doing all of that it was right that they won the Firmin Sword of Peace and now they have three of them, they will soon need a larger case to put them all in.
Well done RAF Shawbury, we are proud of you.
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