The 80 or so
members of 225 Entry arrived at Halton on 4 November 1971 and were marched
off (although it did not look much like marching at that stage!) the
following morning to be attested into the RAF. Our
motley crew consisted of three classes of Airframes, one of Armourers and
one of Ground Electricians, but over the coming weeks and months we gelled
into something far more military in appearance.
After two years
of study and hard work (and some fun) most of us passed out on 25 October
1973 as Junior Technicians, although we did lose some along the way
as they unfortunately did not last the distance, or stumbled at a
late stage and left as Senior Aircraftsmen. Of
course we also gained a few from more senior entries as they were back-flighted
for a variety of reasons.
Despite the best
intentions to keep in contact, postings and the passing years saw us
dissipate around the RAF, before then starting to drift out into
We did, however, manage to get 26 of the entry together at Halton in
November 2011 to mark the 40th Anniversary of joining up.
It was a well-received event and we were working to have a 50th
Anniversary Reunion in November 2021, but the Covid pandemic made that
impractical as many of our number now live overseas and difficulties with
vaccination and quarantine rules would likely preclude their attendance.
We do still hope to hold a reunion and a date in October 2023 might
be suitable to coincide with the 50th anniversary of our