The SAR triptych was unveiled on the 4th March 2016 in the RAF Club by HRH the Duke of York. In the audience were no less than three SAR George Medalists and representatives from different SAR organisations, including some 18 Members and spouses of the 202 Squadron Association. We were by some way the largest group present.
The Triptych is a sensational piece of aviation art and looks stunning in its prime location, at the entrance to the Club. The R.A.F. Club Committee was extremely complimentary about the financial and other support the 202 Squadron Association had given to the project. Mike Lakey was singled out for particular praise for his personal contribution (as did I during dinner the previous evening).
Various representatives of the R.A.F. Club stressed repeatedly that anyone from the SAR community would be very welcome to view the Triptych, regardless of rank.
You will recall that the association agreed to donate £500 to the project. Rather than ask for financial contributions from individuals (as we have discussed at previous AGMs), yesterday I was encouraged to invite Members to buy copies of the 3 different prints of the Triptych and/or the explanatory booklet that will be available through the RAF Club website.
The above are two extracts from the main Triptych which were available as single prints signed by those George Medal holders present at the ceremony.
Prior to the arrival of HRH The Duke of York everyone from the various elements of Air/Sea Rescue, Mountain Rescue and Search and Rescue assembled in one of the majestic rooms until the unveiling after which Prince Andrew joined everyone for a quick chat to the assembled groups before giving a short speech and departing.
After a short statement by representatives of those who organised the event a presentation was made to Mike Lakey for his worthy efforts in ensuring that the Triptych was commissioned.
All photos are compliments of the R.A.F. Club and its photographer