RAF100 Baton to visit Rothbury House, Rothbury
Starting at the Royal Courts of Justice and lasting 100 days, the relay will feature people from across the RAF, the communities it serves and past members. The baton, which features the RAF crest and RAF100 logo, has been designed by young RAF recruits using materials that symbolise aircraft construction through the ages.
A nationwide relay celebrating 100 years of the RAF will arrive in Rothbury this Sunday (27 May). The RAF100 Baton will arrive at the RAF Association’s Rothbury House to coincide with their annual Tea on the Terrace fundraising event – one of 100 of its calling points around the country.
The baton and its carriers will be welcomed in the grounds of the hotel by guests and RAF Association employees at 9:30 am. The RAF Association is a membership and welfare charity that supports serving and veteran members of the RAF and their families.
Rothbury House is the RAF Association’s Wings Breaks hotel in the north east. With hundreds of visitors every year, it provides respite care and relaxing break to members of the RAF family who really need it.
Manager, Colin Lee said: “We are proud to be a calling point and part of this amazing RAF centenary celebration and effort. We are looking forward to meeting the runners who are carrying the baton – they will have run through the night over the Cheviot Hills to be with us next Tuesday morning. We’ll be serving them a hearty breakfast before they set off on their way around the north east and we wish them well for their onward journey.”
The idea of the baton relay originally began as an orienteering challenge and still has a significant element of that in it. Each baton carrier has been given just a start and end point and they have to work out the rest themselves.
The RAF100 baton is travelling to 100 RAF related locations over 100 days. It is being transported by volunteers with an RAF connection by many different means including by boat along the Thames and by the RAF Falcons as they parachute from an aircraft. At Rothbury House the volunteer baton carriers will be welcomed to Tea on the Terrace, with a buffet and drinks along with music from the Rothbury Highland Pipe Band to celebrate the RAF’s centenary.