Last night cadets and adult volunteers from around LASER joined members of the RAF community at a special RAF100 reception, held in the heart of the city at London’s Guildhall. Many wings picked their top cadets to represent the very best of the ATC to attend the charitable dinner.

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier (pictured with Surrey Wing cadets), said: “In our 100th year we want to showcase the vital role the RAF continues to play in defending the British people and protecting our Nation’s interests. Launched on April 1, the celebrations are a fitting recognition and thank you to the exceptional dedication, spirit and achievements of our men and women. They also encourage us to look to the future: the greatest legacy of RAF100 will be its ability to inspire a whole new generation so that together we can help shape our next century.”

As well as the dinner, the City Livery companies and the aerospace industry sponsored a display of aircraft through the ages from a WW1 Sopwith Camel to the present-day Typhoon, which cadets and adult volunteers were able to enjoy.