Charlotte Williams, a former pupil at Ysgol Friars and who also attended the 1557 Squadron Air Cadets in Bangor, was surprised recently when she graduated as an RAF Officer, her parade reviewing officer had also attended both Friars and the Air Training Corps in Bangor a generation before.

Charlotte’s parade reviewing officer at the RAF College in Cranwell, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff, Air Vice-Marshal Mike Wigston said: “I was delighted to discover Pilot Officer Williams and I had both attended Friars School and 1557 Squadron, RAF Air Cadets.

“It was a very special day for Charlotte, her fellow graduates and all their families and loved ones. I’m proud I was able to play a part, including awarding one of the course prizes to Pilot Officer Williams, and I wish her every success in her future career in the Royal Air Force”

Pilot Officer Williams, 27, was born in Bangor, and gained 10 GCSE’s and participated in a number of regional level sports such as netball and athletics whilst at Friars. She joined the RAF as a Flight Operations Assistant in May 2008 prior to Officer Training.

A keen sportswoman, she has had a number of significant achievements such as representing Team GB in bobsleigh and more recently completing her private pilots licence as part of the Junior Ranks Pilot Scholarship Scheme.

Her military experience includes serving at RAF Odiham, RAF Benson and Joint Helicopter Command. She has served on a number of overseas operational detachments prior to commissioning.

Photo Courtesy: Mr Gordy Elias, RAF Cranwell