AN RAF base will celebrate an almost century-long existence with a series of specially-arranged visitor sessions before it closes next year.

RAF Linton-on-Ouse was built in 1937 and served as an important part of Britain's defence in the Second World War.

It also became a training base for Royal Air Force and Royal Navy pilots.

In July 2018, the Ministry of Defence, who own the site, announced its permanent closure would take place in 2020.

But in a series of 'last opportunities' for members of the public to visit the Memorial Room, a museum-like space in memory of the fallen, pre-arranged guided tours will begin until the site is almost decommissioned.

An RAF spokesperson said: "RAF Linton-on-Ouse has performed with distinction in its important roles in the RAF's history.

"Apart from flying many bombing raids over enemy territory during World War Two, losing over 1300 aircrew in the process, its fighters were an integral element of the nation's air defences from 1946 to 1957.

"The Memorial Room at Linton will be opening on a pre-booked basis to members of the public on a selection of Sunday afternoons this year.

"It will open at 2pm for guided tours on April 7th and subsequently on the first Sunday every month, up to and including October.

"This year’s visits may well be the last opportunities for members of the public to view the Memorial Room prior to the RAF drawdown from the site."

The guided tours will be free, and visitors are advised to register to call 01347-847660. Larger groups are advised to call 01347-847673.