One Man's Tribute to the RAF
Ricky Valance was born on the 10th April 1936. He is best known for the Number One single ‘Tell Laura I love Her’, which sold over a million copies in 1960. Ricky became the first Welsh national to reach Number One in the UK Charts beating Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey. He started his musical career after leaving the Royal Air Force. Further singles included ‘Movin' Away’, ‘Jimmy's Girl’ and ‘Six Boys’. ‘Jimmy’s Girl’ sold over 100,000 records and ‘Moving Away’ made it to number one in Australia and Scandinavia. ‘Tell Laura’ is the tragic story of a boy called Tommy and his love for a girl called Laura. It’s a sad rock ballad which has immortalised Ricky.
The Royal Air Force was formed on 1st April 1918 when the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) were amalgamated. It is the oldest independent air force in the world.The RAF's mission is to support the objectives of the British Ministry of Defence. The RAF describes its mission statement as "To provide an agile, adaptable and capable Air Force that, person for person, is second to none, and that makes a decisive air power contribution in support of the UK Defence Mission”
Ricky Valance sings Welcome Home to the RAF
Ricky Valance was the First Welsh national to have a UK Number One chart hit. He dedicates his last recording before retirement to The Royal Air Force, where he started his working life, in the service of his country. Ricky’s performance of ‘Welcome Home’ is dedicated to the men & women of all nations who have served and are serving with the RAF. Often forgotten in recent times, the RAF operates ‘sorties’ day and night in defence of the UK and its allies. Ricky’s URL link within the video takes you directly to this myDonate page whereby donations can be made to the RAF Association which provides welfare support to the RAF, from the youngest recruit to the oldest veteran and their families, and for the RAF Museum in Hendon, London, which will be celebrating 100 Years of the RAF in 2018.
Many thousands of men and women of the RAF have lost their lives in the service of their country and many have been wounded and scarred for life. Families from the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and our allies who have served with the RAF have paid the ultimate price for our liberty. ‘Welcome Home' is One Services man's Tribute to the 'few' that protect the' many'. We Thank you.
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