A PUPIL at Icknield Community College in Watlington has won a competition to name a new addition to RAF Benson.
Oliver Winter, 14, decided to call the soft toy lion, which allows service personnel to record a message which can be played back to their children while they are deployed, “Purlin”.
The name is made up of “Pur” for the sound a cat makes and “lin” from the RAF’s Merlin helicopters, which are stationed at the base.
Oliver, the eldest of chief technician Andrew Winter’s four children, said: “Purlin is a great idea as it means I will be able to hear dad’s voice while he is away.”
Station commander Nigel Colman said: “Innovations such as this help keep our families in touch during difficult deployments.”