The Spitfire Heritage Gin Sky Toast, which took place on Armed Forces Day on Saturday (24th June) and was a world-first, three-part toast that rolled through the clouds, from Liverpool. Birmingham and London.
The toast baton-change rolled from Liverpool, 2017’s Armed Forces’ host city, at the 34th-storey Panoramic34, to Birmingham’s 25th-floor Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse and Grill at The Cube and the was finale was at the capital’s sky-high landmark The Eye, looking out over the Thames.
Birmingham’s toast was presented by Bridget Donaldson, an Officer Cadet at Royal Air Force (RAF) University Air Squadron. UASs are training units of the Royal Air Force which provide basic flying training, force development and adventurous training exercises to undergraduate students at British universities. These units exist to provide a taste of life in the Service and to give experience to their members in preparation for taking up a career as an officer in one of the RAF’s many branches.
Flying Scholarship. After University her goal is to join the RAF as a fast jet pilot.
Also at the Birmingham event was Tim Tolkien – Great nephew of author JR Tolkien, the artist is the creator of the Spitfire sculpture that stands at Castle Bromwich, formerly the Castle Bromwich Assembly Spitfire factory.
Sarah Hewitt, Co-owner Spitfire Heritage Gin was also in attendance, and she was able to explain the work the company did in supporting The Spitfire Heritage Trust’s work in strengthening of links and development of programs that create opportunities, educate and celebrate, giving thanks to the Commonwealth family of nations who helped during the war.
There was also members of Number 72 Squadron and other members of the RAF.