Former pupil pays Merchant Taylors’ School a flying visit

A former pupil decided to drop in at his old school in Crosby to say hello – and arrived by helicopter!

Royal Navy Air Squadron, Lieutenant Commander AJ Thompson paid a visit to Merchant Taylors’ School on Friday, April 27th and arrived by a Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter, much to the delight of current pupils and staff!

It turned out to be a family affair as AJ’s brother, William, attends the school and was part of a CCF Guard of Honour when he landed.

The brothers were then met at the school by their dad, Andrew.

The day was attended by 38 senior North West military professionals from the RAF, Army and the Royal Navy and consisted of a formal inspection of the Schools’ Guard of Honour, followed by a review of its cadet’s activities and performances.

Merchant Taylors’ Combined Cadet’s Force was founded in 1915, and is one of the largest contingents in the country.

Lt Cdr Thompson said “It’s been 20 years since I left Merchant Taylors’, so it was a real privilege to bring an aircraft back to the school, as I spent so many years being part of its Combined Cadet Force.

“I was especially proud to be able to share this moment with my younger brother, Will, and see him in the Guard of Honour. The connections to school are so important and I hope we can continue these links in the years to come.”

After its arrival, there was a host of activities for the cadets, including an assault course, section attacks and the chance to view the state of the art Wildcat helicopter.

This was followed by lunch at the Boys’ School and a review of the Schools’ CCF Guard of Honour, by Inspecting Officer, Group Captain John Lawlor, Chief of Staff for the RAF Air Cadets.