The Last Acts 1995

In June 1995 the RAFES laid up its Continental Standard in the British Embassy in Paris, where it began 50 years earlier.

A Gala Dinner was held at RAF Cranwell the night before the laying up of its UK Standard in Lincoln Cathedral during the Battle of Britain Service on 17th September 1995.

The RAFES was formally wound down.

Speech by The Chief of the Air Staff
ACM Sir Michael Graydon at the Gala Dinner at RAF Cranwell

Speech by the French representative of RAFES
Jean-Jacques Piot at the French Air Forces Club

The post war Foreign Secretary in the first Attlee Government was Ernest Bevin. He told the first Chairman of the RAFES, ACM Sir Basil Embry:

"Your Society does a damned sight more good in
Europe than all my Ambassadors rolled together."

The Laying Up of the Standard
The President of the RAFES, ACM Sir Lewis Hodges, receives the Standard from 'Brin' Weare, before presenting it to the Dean of Lincoln Cathedral