A BANGOR man joined his fellow Royal Air Force mountaineers as they climbed Snowdon this week as part of the RAF's 100th birthday celebrations.

As George Allbut and nine others walked to the summit, fellow RAF mountaineers from the RAF Mountaineering Association (RAFMA) were doing the same at Scafell Pike in the English Lake District and Ben Nevis in Scotland in a 'Three Peaks' challenge.

The 23-year-old, who is a Civilian Instructor with RAF Air Cadets was fortunate enough to have had kind weather on his side as he climbed to the summit.

"It was a brilliant day and to climb the highest summit in Wales on a Bank Holiday with stunning weather was great," he said.

“I was very proud to carry the baton and to be representing the RAF Air Cadets as part of the RAF Family."

The baton, which was designed and built at MoD St Athan in South Wales has been taken around iconic UK sites and important places in the RAF’s history.

The mountaineering team also took commemorative poppies along with them in remembrance of RAF personnel who have served over the last century.

Leading the team carrying the baton up the mountain was Flying Officer Lewis Mansell who is an Air Traffic Controller and a member of RAFMA.

"It was a real honour to take the baton up Snowdon," he said.

"As a mountaineer and an officer in the RAF I felt very proud to lead our team to the summit.

“It was great that so many people were asking about the baton and what it meant too."

The baton will also be calling at RAF Mona on Anglesey in the coming weeks.