Stephen makes his mark on RAF wall

Squadron Leader Stephen Bryce signing the wall of honour.
Squadron Leader Stephen Bryce signing the wall of honour.

A former Bedlington teacher’s RAF service has been honoured with an acclamation received by no other non-aircrew personnel.

Squadron Leader Stephen Bryce was invited to sign the Wall of Honour at RAF College Cranwell, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to SERE (Survive, Evade, Resist, Extract) training delivery over a 29-year career.

The former pupil and PE teacher at St Benet Biscop High School joined the RAF as a physical education officer in 1989.

The Wall of Honour is a large mural painted along the entire wall of a classroom at the base and depicts a typical survival scene, in black silhouette, with the words that sum up some of the characteristics of a successful survivor.

Students who successfully pass the course sign and date the wall and there is an area reserved for special guests, who must have done something remarkable, notable or inspirational. Men and women from the end of the Second World War to the present day have been invited, usually coinciding with a course graduation.

Sqn Ldr Bryce is the first of his branch to be invited to sign.