The TIW 10th Anniversary Dinner & Charity Fundraiser
TIW celebrated their 10th Anniversary with a 24 Hour Charity Peri-Track Run/Ride and a 1940’s Style Anniversary Dinner.
The Tactical Imagery-Intelligence Wing (TIW) was formed on the 1st April 2002 following the amalgamation of the II, XIII, 39 and 41 Sqn Reconnaissance Intelligence Centres (RIC). Since its formation TIW’s imagery analysts and engineer support staffs have been continually deployed supporting operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans. Indeed it is this continued contribution to operations that has lead to TIW being recognised as a world leader in the exploitation of tactical imagery.
It was there right and proper that the personnel of TIW should celebrate their 10th Anniversary in style, while at the same time using the occasion as a fund raising event for the Wing’s nominated charity, the Anthony Nolan Trust.
The day started with a 24 hour non-stop running/cycling relay of the peri-track. Over 55 personnel participated and covered just under 600 miles, raising an incredible £2,600 for the trust.
The Anniversary celebrations then continued into the evening with a 1940’s style Dinner/Dance held in the Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn and attended by 180 serving and ex serving members of the Wing and their guests, many of whom joined in the spirit of the evening by dressing in the 1940’s style. The caterers also joined in by dressing up while serving authentic 1940’s style food from a ‘field kitchen’. An air raid siren called everyone through to dinner where Union flags adorned the tables and walls.
Entertainment was by cabaret artist Fiona Harrison, who specialises in 1940’s music and there was plenty of flag waving as all present joined her in a rousing rendition of ‘We’ll Meet Again’, followed, for the more energetic by jiving to the music of the ‘big bands’.
The evening was a great success, with the surplus funds from the evening being added to the money raised from the 24hr peri-track race.