10 November 2017

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TextBox-War_PoetryNever Such Innocence - a UK charity aimed at engaging children aged between 9-16 years old in the First World War centenary commemorations – hosted 95 children from five Welsh schools at RAF Valley recently as part of their outreach programme.

The Never Such Innocence competition, supported by The Royal British Legion, the National Lottery, and RAF100, invites children and young people to submit poetry, art and songs inspired by the events of the Great War. On their journey to 2018, Never Such Innocence and RAF100 are encouraging children to consider the war in the skies as part of their contribution to the competition to mark 100 years since the formation of the world’s first independent air force – the RAF.

Five local schools: St Gerard's School, Bangor; Ysgol y Tywyn, RAF Valley; Ysgol Syr Thomas Jones, Amlwch; Ysgol Gyfun Llangefni and Treffos School, attended the event at RAF Valley alongside the Lord Lieutenant for Gwynedd, Mr Edmund Bailey; the Under Sheriff of Gwynedd, John Gwilym Owen; the Chairman of Denbighshire, Councillor Peter Predergast; Chair of Gwynedd County Council, Councillor Annwen Daniels; Chairman of Conwy County Borough Council, Councillor Brian Cossey and the Vice Chairman Anglesey County Council, Councillor Dylan Rees.

Lady Lucy French, Founder of Never Such Innocence said: “As we enter the final Centenary year we wish to encourage more young people than ever before to take part in our competition and centenary commemorative events. We are thrilled to be in Wales and to see such continued support from the local communities.”

Air Commodore Adrian Williams, Air Officer Wales said: "The RAF are delighted to be able to support the Never Such Innocence project. As the RAF looks forward to its centenary in 2018 as the world's first independent Air Force, we hope schoolchildren in Wales will find it informative and interesting to look at the war in the skies one hundred years ago. These were the earliest years of flight and the Great War saw a huge development in aircraft technology and capabilities. The human stories about the brave people who flew and fought in these aircraft is also fascinating- they were all true pioneers who made an important contribution to victory in 1918”

Editor: Sqn Ldr Dave Williams

Images: CPL Tim Lawrence, RAF Valley Media & Comms Flight

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