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Ex National Service call up for South Holland

Snapshots like this bring back memories. Photo: Courtesy of The National Service (RAF) Association.
Snapshots like this bring back memories. Photo: Courtesy of The National Service (RAF) Association.

The National Service (RAF) Association is spreading its wings to South Holland with a call-up for ex-service men and women who would like to meet socially.

Retired engineer Tony Kiddle (87), who was an engine fitter in the RAF, said: “It’s an association run by and for people who have done their National Service in the RAF.”

Tony’s own service saw him join in 1950 and leave in 1953, but the association caters for RAF, WAAF and WRAF who served at any stage between 1939 and 1963.

“I had the pleasure of serving both the King and the Queen,” said Tony, who lives at Leverington, near Wisbech.

Tony had worked in accountancy before he joined but his spell in uniform saw him switch careers.

“We went in as boys at 18 and left as men. You do get a completely different outlook on life.”

He is forming a new North Cambs association branch to include places like Spalding, Long Sutton, Wisbech and King’s Lynn, and would like to hear from anyone interested in joining.

Tony said a lot of members are widowers or widows, and meetings and outings to places of interest give people living alone something to look forward to.

The association does also encourage participation of partners at its events.

A venue for meetings has yet to be chosen. For information about joining please call Tony on 01945 466793.

• Are you starting a new group? Please send details to our editor: jeremy.ransome@iliffepublishing.co.uk

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