Senior Citizens Start Christmas at RAF Halton

RAF Halton started the Christmas festivities by hosting a lunch for senior citizens from the surrounding Parishes. Group Captain Adrian Burns, the Station Commander, hosted the lunch, which was held in the Henderson Mess.

The annual event, which was organized by Sergeant Aaron Francis, of 7644 Squadron, started with ninety guests arriving at the home of RAF Recruit Training on coaches provided free by Motts Travel. The Station Commander welcomed everyone before everyone sang the grace. This was a uniquely composed version, by Rev Kev, and was sung to the music of Hark the Herald Angels Sing.

The Station Commander said: “The support the people from the local community give us is really appreciated. This is an opportunity to say thank you to them by hosting some of our close friends.”

An exquisite three-course Christmas menu followed, prepared by Station chefs, which was washed down with copious amounts of mulled wine and soft drinks. After the meal the entertainment continued with bingo, singing and dancing and a grand draw, with thanks to Tesco Broadfields who donated the presents.

The music was provided by the RAF Halton Voluntary Band and Dan Blaze entertainment. Dan has provided music at these lunches for fifteen years and now very much a part of the Christmas celebration.

Sergeant Aaron Francis said: “It has been a lovely day and this is the third time I have helped organize this wonderful event. It is a pleasure to say thanks to our local community in such a special way. I wish everybody a very Merry Christmas.”

Friends from the local community, left RAF Halton after a glorious afternoon’s entertainment clutching their goody bags, which were presented by Santa,