The RAF100 celebrations continued in Wrexham on Friday, with the opening of a new exhibition.

Equipped for Life - A shared responsibility, is a project that aims to offer a visual insight into the lives of ex-armed forces personnel in transition to their civilian life by way of a photographic exhibition by Ceridwen Hughes which brings a research report by Dr Nikki Lloyd Jones 'to life'.

The exhibition, which was officially opened by Mayor of Wrexham Andy Williams and Air Commodore Adrian Williams, will be housed in Ty Pawb for the next two weeks before embarking on a tour around the county.

Ceridwen Hughes said the she wanted to combine the real life the servicemen had before, when they were in the armed forces, to the life they have now, and for each image to tell a story.

She said: "There's so many things that each of them have to offer, in terms of employment, in terms of community and it's about making sure that there's that understanding between the armed forces, the community and individuals.

"Research from Nikki highlighted it's really important that there are these points of reference for the community to understand as well.

"Each one of them said that they loved their time in the armed forces, but when they left, they've still got all these skills and experiences they can bring into different situations in the community."

Each of the photographs within the exhibition reveal glimpses as to how each of the ex-servicemen have adapted to civilian life and all those who took part proved to be model professionals.

She added: "They all did exactly what you said, because they're used to taking orders, so it was an absolute dream for me and made a nice change!"

Dr Nikki Lloyd Jones said she interviewed 30 ex-servicemen as part of her research which resulted in more than 400,000 words being written full of stories about transition, their experiences and the exhibition was about turning those words into images.

"The whole idea of it is that you've got some reference to the tensions of being a civilian and a member of the armed forces.

"What it's doing is just highlighting the fact it doesn't matter if they appear to have made a successful transition, but that they will have to work hard to become a civilian. It's about developing grounds for conversation."

Andy Matthews, who was one of the subjects of the exhibition joined the RAF in 1999 as an assistant air traffic controller and served for 14 years and left to pursue a more advocating role.

He said: "My decision to leave was nothing to do with not liking my job, I just realised there was something more to offer after spending an increasing amount of time responding to the welfare needs of younger students.

"I think my transition from one role to another has been seamless because I took control of what I wanted to do and did not rely on the military to do it for me."