The new mess replaces a building originally built in 1936 during the lead up to the Second World War which had been used by generations of RAF personnel and, during the war years, the United States Army Air Force. Despite refurbishment of the building in August 1999 and partial refurbishment of the kitchen in August 2003, the old Mess remained drastically below scale within the dining room, and below size with outdated equipment in the kitchens.
Senior Aircraftsman (SAC) Craig Shade of 27 Squadron RAF Regiment said:
"The old mess was too small, this new building is much better. It’s cleaner, more hygienic and there’s much more room. The food is still excellent and there’s no problems with queuing as the serveries are well designed and get us through quickly."
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