Today I was in our Old Town High Street and witnessed the moment when an RAF Tornado flew along the street at rooftop height, afterburners blazing. At the end of his run he pulled up and banked to the right in a salute. This was no ordinary occurrence. Today, family and friends said goodbye for the last time to SAC Ryan Tomlin, RAF Regiment. This brave lad made the ultimate sacrifice, doing what he loved and serving his Country in the shit-hole we know as Afghanistan.
Unlike my daughter who was stood next to me, I did not know Ryan personally. I was in the High Street simply to pay my deepest respects to a local hero. His Royal Air Force comrades did him proud and gave him the send-off he deserved.
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.”