Class of ‘62 are set to return to RAF Bircham Newton

Former apprentices at RAF Bircham Newton will be returning to the village for a reunion in May.

The Administrative Apprentices' Training School (AATS) trained teenagers in trades including clerks and was open from 1959 to 1962.

This year's reunion will include the 43rd entry which graduated on December 18, 1962 - the day the RAF station closed for good.

The trainees were based in Bircham Newton for 20 months and many have returned over the years to see the former base.

When they successfully completed their training they graduated with the rank of junior technician.

A party of around 70 visitors, mainly former apprentices, is expected on May 7 when some of the group will be returning for the first time.

They will be given an illustrated talk on the history of the station by David Jacklin, a former squadron leader and a trustee of the RAF Bircham Newton Memorial Project.

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The group will also visit the station's Heritage Room and take part in a walking tour of the former base.