A WREXHAM airman serving in Lithuania has sent a festive message back home to his family and friends.

Senior aircraftman Adrian Lamb is one of many RAF men and women who will be missing their family and loved ones while serving overseas this Christmas.

The 26-year-old is part of the RAF detachment working at Zokniai Air Base, near Siauliai in North West Lithuania.

The United Kingdom is taking its turn in providing aircraft for NATO's Air Policing mission to the Baltic States, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, which became full members of NATO earlier this year.

Four Tornado F3 aircraft, along with around 100 RAF personnel, have been deployed to Lithuania to undertake the task.

Although Adrian is not expected to return home until January 2005, he says family and friends are always in his thoughts.

'To all my family and friends in Wrexham, I would like to say a big hello, I hope all is well and everyone is enjoying themselves,' said Adrian.

'I miss you all loads and I look forward to seeing you all next year.'

The former St David's High School pupil joined the RAF two years ago.

He's a technician whose role is to provide mechanical support.

Each member of the RAF detachment serving in Lithuania will receive a Christmas box which contains a variety of items including games, cameras and other treats and gifts. Lithuanian Christmas traditions include decorating the tree with straw ornaments and illuminating it with yellow lights.

RAF detachment commander, Squadron Leader Martin Tinworth, said: 'We are in Lithuania to honour NATO's existing air policing commitments to our allies in the Baltic States.

'Things have gone well so far and we fully intend to enjoy Christmas with our Lithuanian hosts.'