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The Royal Air Force Ensign flag will be flown in Town Hall Square in Chester tomorrow (Tuesday 10th July) to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the formation of the RAF.

The flag will also be flying outside other council buildings across the area during the day.

Lord Mayor of Chester Cllr Alex Black said: “I am delighted to be able to support this important anniversary by flying the flag at Chester Town Hall and it is a proud day for our country and those who have been involved with the RAF since its conception.”

There is currently a display of RAF memorabilia on show for the public to view inside Chester Town Hall. This will be open for public viewing until the end of August 2018.

The Royal Air Force launched its RAF100 campaign to mark its 100th year on 1st April 2018.

The centenary celebrations have lasted 100 days and will conclude with a service at Westminster Abbey in London followed by a fly past of 100 RAF planes over Buckingham Palace.

Chairman of CWAC Cllr Bob Rudd said: “Cheshire West and Chester Council is honoured to be flying the RAF Ensign flags from its buildings on 10th July to support the anniversary of the oldest independent air force in the world.

“There are many events taking place to mark the RAF’s centenary celebrations.

“Her Majesty the Queen, who recently visited Chester, will attend a special service of thanks giving at Westminster Abbey and then watch the skies above Bucking Palace as they filled with up to 100 aircraft for the official fly-past.

“It is important that the council supports and participates in such an important anniversary.”

The RAF was formed with the amalgamation of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) on 1st April 1918.

The RAF took its place beside the Royal Navy and British Army as a separate military service with its own ministry.

The RAF gained air superiority along the Western Front by the end of World War One in November 1918, when it consisted of nearly 300,000 officers and airmen operating more than 22,000 aircraft.

The operational strength of the RAF in Europe had diminished to about 2,000 aircraft by the time World War II began in September 1939.

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