Cheltenham Lap of Honour
from all three Armed Services launched the world renowned horseracing
Festival at Cheltenham by completing The British Forces Foundation's
‘Lap of Honour’ – from the Winning Post to the Winner’s
Flt Lt Dan Wilkinson, a pilot of 24 Sqn at RAF Lyneham, was among the personnel invited to the Cheltenham Festival. He said: "It was a very bizarre experience and hugely enjoyable. It was an emphatic show of appreciation for what we've been doing in places like Afghanistan, and it suddenly makes you realise how important that job is. It's very rare for us to get to feel proud of what we do."
Marine Lee Coates, of CSG in Plymouth, echoed those sentiments: "It was a hoofing good day. It's great to fly the flag and get such brilliant public recognition."
And LCpl Jason Grims, of the KRH, added: "You don't get many welcomes like that! To be in front of so many people showing their support was an amazing experience."
Having watched from the stands, Richard Smith from
Seaham Harbour, wrote to Cheltenham Racecourse: "Could you please
pass on my thanks to all those involved in honouring Her Majesty's Forces
on Festival Tuesday. It was a superb gesture and quite emotional; I
hope it can be repeated."