A fitting floral tribute

A century of the Royal Air Force has been celebrated with a dedication of a commemorative flower bed at the front of Bridge House in Long Eaton.
The special event, on 21 June, was attended by the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Chris Corbett, members of the Erewash Branch of the RAF and 2195 (Long Eaton) Royal Air Force Air Cadets. 
The floral carpet bed, which includes the RAF emblem, was planted by Erewash Borough Council’s Pride in Erewash team, who have been busy planting red, white and blue Union Flag flower beds in the borough to mark the centenary of World War One. It can be seen on the embankment in front of Bridge House, next to Long Eaton Town Hall. 
The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Chris Corbett, said: 
“We were proud to dedicate this special display to recognise the great work of our armed forces. The flower bed is a great feature in the town and I’m sure lots of people will stop and admire it.”
Marion Wells, chair of Erewash RAFA, which offers friendship, help and support to all members of the RAF family, said:
“I would like to thank Erewash Borough Council for its time and support in creating this fabulous floral display in Long Eaton town centre.” 
The RAF celebrated its 100th birthday on 1 April. The website RAF100 documents all the events that are being held to mark the occasion. The centrepiece of RAF100 will take place on 10 July, with a centenary service in Westminster Abbey, followed by a parade in The Mall and spectacular flypast over Buckingham Palace.