Red Arrows supervisor returns to former school for Remembrance service

Ex-Solihull School pupil lays wreath in memory of the fallen.

A quite literally high-flying Solihull School alumni returned to the school on Friday to take part in the school’s annual Remembrance Day commemorations.

Squadron Leader Adam Collins, 39, whose appointment as 2018 supervisor of the famous Red Arrows RAF aerobatic display team was announced at the beginning of the month, laid a wreath at the school’s war memorial after a minute’s silence had been observed by pupils and staff at the school.

Wreaths were also laid by Solihull headmaster David EJJ Lloyd, an NCO of the Combined Cadet Force and the president of the Old Silhillians’ Association among others. A Service of Remembrance was then held in the school chapel.

Adam, who served in CCF, learned to fly while he was a student at Solihull School and was awarded an RAF Sixth Form Scholarship. Upon leaving in 1996, he studied Aeronautics and Astronautics at Southampton University before flying Tornados for the RAF. He also flew F1-11s while on a three-year exchange programme with the Royal Australian Air Force. Next year, the RAF’s centenary year, will be his first with the Red Arrows.