Brothers in Arms past and present gathered to raise money for the family of a comrade killed in action in Afghanistan.
Senior Aircraftsman Ryan Tomlin, of 2 Squadron, Royal Air Force Regiment, was shot during an insurgent attack in Nad Ali district, southern Helmand province, in February 2012.
Members of 34 Squadron RAF Regiment based at RAF Leeming staged a charity football match where the current Squadron eleven took to the pitch against a senior side comprising both serving and ex-serving members of the North Yorkshire based squadron.
The event was organised to raise cash for Ryan’s family and also to support the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and had been the idea of Sergeant Dave Jennings.
Dave said: “It all started with friendly banter between me and one of the legends still thinking they had it, the event soon gathered pace and I saw a great opportunity to use the event to raise funds and awareness for our chosen charities”.
The event was held at the Bedale Athletics and Sports Club and the Mayor of Bedale, Councillor Amanda Coates was present to meet the teams prior to the game and to award the trophies at the end.
Pilot Officer John Carter who had helped to set up the event said:
“It was a huge success, with over 200 people turning out for the game we raised over £2000 and there’s still more to come.
“I would like to thank the mayor and local companies for supporting the event”.
The 34 Squadron RAF Regiment seniors battled against strong winds and aching bones but could not hold off the younger team with the final score was 9-2.