Former RAF Hereford Boy Entrants mark 50 years since signing up

Ledbury Reporter: 1404_11001 Reunion of tha last entry of boy entrants to the RAF in Hereford. Three Counties Hotel, Hereford. (3606675) 1404_11001 Reunion of tha last entry of boy entrants to the RAF in Hereford. Three Counties Hotel, Hereford. (3606675)

MEMORIES, stories and sorrows were shared when a group of former RAF Hereford Boy Entrants reunited after 50 years earlier this month.

Also known as RAF Credenhill, the site was the training camp for the boy entrants and January 22 1964 saw the last group – the 51st Boy Entrants – sign their name to the scheme that had been operating since before the Second World War.

On that same date earlier this month, those former boy entrants came together once again at the Three Counties Hotel in Hereford.

Frank Seery, one of the attendees, said: "It was fantastic. The majority of us hadn’t met up for 50 years but the bond of our 18 months in Hereford felt like a couple of weeks ago.

"People were all different shapes and sizes and it was fascinating to hear about a lot of the guys who have carried on and had really good careers in the RAF.

"Everyone is now spread across the county but we’ve reconnected on emails and Facebook and are having another anniversary in July to mark the date we passed out.

"We have a great affection for Hereford – it was our first experience into the adult world of work."

"We were rather upset that we could not visit our old camp at Credenhill but there are gentlemen up there with machine guns so storming the camp would not be a good idea, especially since we are all in our mid-sixties."

The boys would have been aged 15 or 16 when they entered back in 1964 and sadly, some are no longer here today.

They were remembered during a special, “moving” ceremony at the reunion.

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11:05am Tue 28 Jan 14

sirrahnomis says...

Thank you for the article and photograph of the reunion of the 51st RAF Boy Entrants, ex RAF Hereford, at the Three Counties Hotel.
We are all delighted that such a good photographic memory now exists of the occasion, (and are enquiring if we can purchase copies of the shots taken).
The Hereford Times does a very good job for it readers, and the Three Counties did a fantastic job for our group. We shall be back.
Regards,
392 ex SBE Simon Harris. 51st BEs
Thank you for the article and photograph of the reunion of the 51st RAF Boy Entrants, ex RAF Hereford, at the Three Counties Hotel. We are all delighted that such a good photographic memory now exists of the occasion, (and are enquiring if we can purchase copies of the shots taken). The Hereford Times does a very good job for it readers, and the Three Counties did a fantastic job for our group. We shall be back. Regards, 392 ex SBE Simon Harris. 51st BEs sirrahnomis
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