Awarded for years of ‘dedication’

Pictured, from left are, Chris Vine representing RAF Coningsby, Ken Horner, branch RAFA committee member, John Cooper, chairman, with Brian Halls, Bob Cory, branch president, and Derek Coates who has succeeded Brian as Boston RAFA Branch Welfare Officer.
Pictured, from left are, Chris Vine representing RAF Coningsby, Ken Horner, branch RAFA committee member, John Cooper, chairman, with Brian Halls, Bob Cory, branch president, and Derek Coates who has succeeded Brian as Boston RAFA Branch Welfare Officer.

Members of the Boston Branch RAFA have acknowledged the outstanding dedication of Brian Halls of Gypsey Bridge who has helped hundreds of local servicemen and women facing difficult times by allocating RAFA Welfare Funds.

Brian has held the post of Boston RAFA Branch Welfare Officer since August 1984 stepping down from the r,ole at the Branch AGM in February.

Brian was presented with a picture of the Battle of Britain - a Spitfire chasing a Messerschmitt off before it reached the white cliffs of Dover.

Brian said: “It was a lovely thought and one I will treasure with the picture taking pride of place amongst my Squadron Crests.

“I was told two things when appointed Welfare Officer by the then Secretary in 1984; one was be prepared for surprises and the other, ‘Don’t worry, we change the Welfare Officer every three years - it’s been a long three years!”

Chairman John Cooper said Brian has worked ‘tremendously hard for many years’ and the branch is ‘extremely grateful for his hard work and dedication’.

Pictured, from left are, Chris Vine representing RAF Coningsby, Ken Horner, branch RAFA committee member, John Cooper, chairman, with Brian Halls, Bob Cory, branch president, and Derek Coates who has succeeded Brian as Boston RAFA Branch Welfare Officer.