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As part of Old Blue and ex head boy Brian Stuart Grieve’s 80th birthday extravaganza, Stuart enjoyed a surprise visit to the School during October, whilst on a visit to Liverpool with twelve members of his family. This visit marked the first time in over sixty years that Stuart had returned to the School.

On leaving the School in June 1954 Stuart joined the Royal Air Force, travelling to Canada to undertake his training. After receiving his Wings, which he considered the most memorable moment in his career, Stuart returned to the UK to embark on a long and successful career, during which time he protected the UK with the 92 Squadron flying the Hunter F6, supported the British army during their defence of the Aden protectorate and become a test pilot for new RAF transport aircraft.

Responding to an advert in 1972 Stuart left the RAF to work with Britannia Airways, joining the company as a First Officer. Climbing the ranks to Chief pilot flying to places such as Seattle, Singapore and Karachi, Stuart ultimately rose within the company to Operations Director in 1986. Seven years before his retirement Stuart’s dedication to the aviation industry was recognised when he was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in Air.

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During his long and successful career Stuart flew over 14,000 hours and is extremely proud to have flown over 42 different types of aircraft, from single engine to multi engine, jet and propeller driver.

Sixty two years on, Stuart remains extremely grateful to the School,

“The Blue Coat School saw the need to support and nurture my ambition. My family and I are eternally grateful to the School as we have all benefited from my schooling at the School.”

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