Flight Sergeant visits Barrowby

Children at Barrowby Primary School were taught about modern warfare.
Children at Barrowby Primary School were taught about modern warfare.
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A special visitor called in to speak to children at Barrowby Primary School, weeks 
before his next deployment to Afghanistan.

Flight Sergeant Matt Thompson lives in Grantham but received the invitation from his daughter who attends the school.

He said: “Both of my children come to the school here in Barrowby. My daughter asked me to come as she is learning about the Second World War.

“So I volunteered to come in and as I’ve just been issued all my kit I thought it would be good to show them the difference between the kit we are issued with now and what they guys got during the Second World War.

“They’ve told me a lot about the Second World War and I’ve told them a lot about what I’m doing now.”

Flt Sgt Thompson is due to fly back out to Afghanistan at the end of this month. He will be out there for three months.

He said: “We handle all of the aircraft in and out of Camp Bastion. I have 40 guys who work for me and they will be with me for the whole three months while we’re out there. I also have four guys in Kandahar and another in Kabul.”

This tour is one Flt Sgt Thompson had not expected to make. He said: “We moved to Grantham because I was supposed to be leaving the air force a year-and-a-half ago. Then I got a promotion and an extension but we decided to stay in Grantham where the kids have a stable school. If I have to work away from home it’s a nice place to come back to.”