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Alrewas SARF 70th Anniversary Dedication

I had the privilege of attending the SARF 70th Anniversary dedication at the National Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire recently. As well as colleagues from the SAR Helicopter world there were also representitives from other Royal Airforce Search & Rescue groups and affiliations including, The Marine Craft Unit, Mountain Rescue and the Rescue & Co-ordination Centre. Ages of the attendees ranged from as young as 3 months to eighty plus; an amazing gathering.

Following a short but moving service in the chapel, we moved on to the gardens and the dedication of the rememberance stone. A flypast was provided by a Seaking. Once the required photocalls were completed,  we all adjourned the the Arboretum main building for an enjoyable, convivial lunch.

The attached photos show the events of the day, as recorded by a number of attendees.  I thank them all for thier contributions.

I have also taken the liberty of including some additional photographs I took on the day. They show just a small fraction of the rememberance areas within the grounds. I can only encourage all to visit.

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