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Royal International Air Tattoo
Twenty-five years with RIAT
Supervising, looking after celebrities & 'minding' Pudsey Bear...all in a days work for Royal International Air Tattoo volunteer Mike Pomeroy. He's celebrating twenty-five years as a volunteer & he writes about it here...
I am proud to be a volunteer at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) held at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire.
I first became involved at a show held by what was then the International Air Tattoo, at Hurn Airport, Bournemouth.
At that time I was a police officer based at the Dorset Police Headquarters, Winfrith.
A colleague in an adjoining office was the Press Office for Dorset Police and a retired RAF Officer.
Brian was already involved with RIAT and, knowing that I had a strong interest in aviation, asked if I would like to come along for a week to help out on the site team.
I was hooked from the start and that week has turned into two to three weeks and a number of weekends every year, this year being the twenty fifth anniversary of my first show.
I have always been a member of the Site Team who are responsible for the installation of all ground services at the show which includes marking the layout of the showground, installation of rope stakes, cones, crowd barriers and security fencing.
For the past five years I have been the Site Office supervisor, a role that provides different challenges every year.
A secondary duty for me is to assist with the VIP visit to RIAT by BBC Radio 2 celebrities and a couple who have donated a significant amount to the BBC Children in Need Appeal.
I arrange for Pudsey to be present during the visit and act as his "Minder".
Although I am not a resident of Gloucestershire, I find the people and services in Fairford Town make us very welcome and the RIAT volunteers feel very much part of the locality whilst we are here.
This article is an external contribution and expresses a personal opinion, not necessarily the views of the BBC.
last updated: 11/07/2008 at 15:58