The Stornoway Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association are to join with 1731 (Isle of Lewis) Squadron Air Cadets in commemorating 100 years of the Royal Air Force this weekend.

On the 1 April 1918, the Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Flying Corps were merged together to create something new, the world’s first independent air force, the Royal Air Force.

Since then 100 years of aviation development and progress has seen the RAF become the state of the art defence force that it is today.

The weekend’s activities begin on Saturday 31st March at 11am when the RAF ensign will be raised in Perceval Square where it will remain flying until Monday.

On Saturday evening the RAF Association will be holding a special dining in night for its members as they remember their own time in the RAF and the sacrifices made by many in the line of service.

The remembrance and celebrations continue on Sunday morning when RAFA and 1731 Squadron Air Cadets take part in a church parade on Sunday 1st April at The Salvation Army citadel on Bayhead.

The service at The Salvation Army will begin at 11am on the Sunday and anyone is welcome to attend.

If you manage to photograph any events over the weekend, please share them with RAFA Stornoway through their public Facebook page which can be found at