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Academy pupils connect with RAF's past and present

By SPP Reporter

Academy students
Academy students

The Never Such Innocence charity competition invited all 9-16-year-old youngsters in Moray and UK-wide to submit poetry, art, or songs inspired by World War I.

The event at the air base last Wednesday was hosted by Air Officer Scotland Air Vice-Marshal Ross Paterson.

Station Commander Group Captain Jim Walls said: "It was a wonderful opportunity for schoolchildren to show their

work as part of the World War I commemorations.

"During the RAF’s one hundredth anniversary, it is especially appropriate that the children could visit RAF Lossiemouth to see how we have developed over the last century into the dynamic, robust force that protects UK airspace and contributes to operations worldwide."

The project aims to ensure young people engage with their shared history, heritage, and culture through the creative arts.

Founder and chief executive of the charity, Lady Lucy French, great-granddaughter of Field Marshal Sir John

French, also attended. Colonel Grenville Johnston, Lord Lieutenant of Moray; Group Captain Jim Walls, Station Commander at RAF Lossiemouth and Patricia Keppie from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission were also there.

Never Such Innocence is dedicated to educating young people about World War I, its impact and legacy, through creative means.

Schoolchildren from Moray have been studying the First World War for several months.

The roadshow was part of the Royal Air Force’s centenary celebrations, ‘RAF100’, which includes three themes: commemorate, celebrate and inspire.

RAF Lossiemouth personnel provided activities for the children and guests.

Displays also helped explain how the people, technology and ways of working had developed in the RAF over the past 100 years during both war and peacetime.

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