HOUSES for RAF Brize Norton personnel and their families have received a new lease of life.

A grand re-opening of the welfare houses at the West Oxfordshire air base took place on Friday, after the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) paid for them to be redecorated.

The homes are available to all serving personnel and flight sergeant Jane Corban called them an 'integral part' of the air base's welfare provision.

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She said: "We are extremely grateful to RAFA for agreeing to pay for the redecoration of the homes.

"We endeavour to create a ‘home from home’ environment for all personnel who use them.

"As well as the redecoration, soft furnishings have been updated to make them more welcoming for our families.”

The re-opening was attended by station commander, group captain Dan James, RAFA representatives and other members of the station.

RAFA is the longest-standing registered service charity that provides welfare support to the RAF Family.