Devoted Irene steps down as RAFA leader


STALWART member Irene Lorimer has stood down as the president of the RAFA branch in Bognor Regis.

Irene’s decision at the branch’s annual meeting came 35 years after she joined the organisation with her late husband, Jim.

Press officer David Hewings said: “She has worked tirelessly, making a major contribution to the branch and helping to make it one of the most successful branches in the country.”

Irene received the RAFA South East and Eastern Area presidential certificate in 2010 as a thank you for her outstanding devoted service to the charity.

Members will still be able to benefit from her wise counsel and experience. She remains an honorary life vice-president and is sure to give the branch the benefit of her advice for many years to come.

Irene also used the meeting at the RAFA Club on Waterloo Square to leave her role of the past 12 years as the president of No 2351 (Bognor Regis) Squadron Air Training Corps.

Her devotion to the cause was marked after the meeting by the presentation of engraved vases from RAFA and the squadron and a bouquet from the squadron.

Three cheers for Irene were then led by the ATC cadets.

Ian Hunter MBE BEM was elected as the new branch president.

He had a distinguished RAF career which saw him serve in many locations and embassies around 
the world.

He is also a member of RAFA’s area council to add to the experience he brings to his new role.

The new president of 2351 Squadron is Maureen Wilson. She is the longest-serving member of the branch’s civilian committee.

Her late husband, Mike, was an RAF Vulcan Engineer and, subsequently, a well respected officer at the squadron.

Also standing down at the recent meeting was the branch’s chairman for the past six years, Frank Hull.

He is again someone who has given years of service to the association.

His place was taken by David Hewings. A relative newcomer to the branch, he has RAF and air cadet experience which spans many years.