On a cold and rather foggy day, 12 World Traders with partners travelled to RAF Benson in the coldest spot in Oxfordshire to visit No 28 Squadron.
The warmth of our welcome by SL Lock and his colleagues made up for the weather conditions. 28 Squadron, which lost 2 of its members in a flying accident in Afghanistan last year, was briefly disbanded and reformed as a training squadron for Chinook and Puma helicopters, having lost their Merlins to the Navy.
World Traders were given an in depth presentation and then clambered over the interior of a Chinook, declining to join two engineers perched up servicing the main rotors.
After lunch, the whole Squadron was assembled for me as Master to award the silver salver and a framed certificate to the surprised engineer who was chosen as Airman of the Year to receive the World Traders' award. He also appreciated our cheque.
The weather conditions made the promised Chinook flight out of the question, but was promised for next year, possibly closer to the beginning of the next Master's year when the weather could be better
Robert Woodthorpe Browne MBE