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2023 Final Reunion Pictures

Almost 100 of us enjoyed a wonderful evening of drinking, lovely food, a running picture show and the chatter of war-stories, together with interesting presentations from the Station Commander and Norman Hodnett . . Once again, our thanks are due to RAF Benson for allowing us back and the WOs' & Sergeants' Mess staff for their excellent hosting and food.

Pics of the evening are below - click them for larger versions - plus an attendance list. We are indebted to Patricia Hodnett and Rosemary Skyrme and a handful of others for contributing to the pics.

Pre-drinks in the bar with pics all around, courtesy Michael Prendergast from the Benson Museum, and a running slideshow which can be downloaded from Dropbox. .

Beautiful model from the Museum presented to Benson by Whitworth Gloster Aircraft Ltd.

Sitting for the great meal and to listen to our speakers . .

Norman Hodnett welcomed everyone and introduced the Station Commander . .

Gp Capt Chris Royston-Airey welcomed us to Benson and updated on current activities . .

Norman presented our host, WO Robert Warren, CMC & SWO, with a gift for the Mess . .

The gift is a beautiful engraved silver plate.

Norman also thanked the staff who had hosted us so well, especially OM & WOSM Manager F/S Carrie Coates. Other staff included Gemma, Lewis & Cait serving and in the bar and Lee, Rav & Mrs Thapha in the kitchen.

To finish off the meal, Barbara Walker, the late Geoff's wife, served up a fantastic ARDET cake. She was warmly thanked by everyone for both the cake and her help in running reunions for many years.

Finally, our guests took pictures of our assembled Members . .

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