Precious moments on Armistice Day

The standard of 100 Squadron Royal Air Force is 'laid to rest' at Ripon Cathedral. (S)
The standard of 100 Squadron Royal Air Force is 'laid to rest' at Ripon Cathedral. (S)

The standard of 100 Squadron Royal Air Force based at RAF Leeming was “laid to rest” in a moving ceremony in Ripon Cathedral on Armistice Day, Friday, November 11.

One of the last surviving World War Two veterans took part in the service which saw Dean of Ripon, the Very Rev Keith Jukes accept the Squadron’s standard into cathedral for safe keeping.

A 10-strong “lining party” of Squadron servicemen and women guarded the door as serving members, 100 Squadron Association members, and associate guests entered the cathedral. The address was given by World War Two veteran Ron Clark, who as a sergeant and later flight lieutenant flew more than 100 night bombing missions over Germany in the famous “Phantom of the Ruhr” Lancaster bomber.

Although he and his comrades never saw the standard during their war service, Flt Lt Clark said, it was an important reminder of the Squadron’s past.

“It is a symbol of our service and of our sacrifice. It remains here for the former members of the Squadron, and for families who lost relatives during the war.”

He spoke of his pleasure at being involved in the standard ceremony.

The standard is the Squadron’s second, and had been with them since 1984.

Commanding officer Wing Commander Christian Gleave said: “We keep a Squadron diary but in reality the standard is our diary. It’s out most precious item, and it is guarded by four officers.”