MEMBERS of the world famous RAF aerobatic team, the Red Arrows, gave a special Christmas surprise to children from Highworth Warneford School, Churchfields Academy and Southfield Junior School.

The surprise took place when the school children visited the Museum in North London to see an art exhibition hosted by David Bent in the week leading up to Christmas.

The children were first treated to a personal tour of the exhibition Fresh Air by artist David Bent and the Museum’s Keeper of Visual Arts, Medals and Uniforms Andrew Cormack.

David has worked with the Museum to host the exhibition, giving a dynamic re-boot to the world of aviation art.

David said: “I am delighted that the Reds and the children were able to visit my exhibition together and have such a good time.

“I thought it would be great if the kids could meet the real people who sit in the cockpits and bring their magic to the sky, so we invited them down. It’s been a fantastic day.”

Squadron Leader Jim Turner (Red 1): “We had a fantastic day at the museum with David and the children. It’s always a pleasure to meet the younger generation of aviation enthusiasts and I hope that we helped to make their day even more memorable.”

Nicole Callcut, a pupil at Churchfields Academy said: “ It was amazing. The paintings by David were really good and one of the best bits of the day was meeting the Red Arrows.”