Freedom of Borough parade through Lynn

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Parading personnel from RAF Marham conducted a ceremonial march through the streets of King’s Lynn yesterday.

They exercised their right to the  Freedom of the Borough with bayonets fixed, flags flying and bands playing.

The occasion was also marked with a Tornado flypast and the afternoon saw the launch of the town’s new arts trail.

The Tornado Trail is part of celebrations to mark the centenary of the Norfolk base, currently home to the Tornado.

Mayor David Whitby takes the salute. Picture: Tony Jones.

The station was first granted the Freedom of the Borough in 1981.

West Norfolk Mayor, David Whitby, said: “We have a long and strong association with RAF Marham. The Freedom parade is the perfect way to celebrate those connections and to thank the men and women for their service to our community.”

The civic procession was led by the mayor’s staff, sword and mace bearers and Mr Whitby took the salute and inspected the parade.

Station commander, Group Captain Rich Davies, said: “RAF Marham is proud to be parading and exercising the Freedom of King’s Lynn. This event is always one of the highlights of the station’s calendar and this year the event is especially poignant for us being RAF Marham’s centenary.”

Grp Cpt Davies helped to launch the Tornado trail and was presented with a model spitfire, painted by Lynn artist Helena Anderson as part of last year’s town trail.

The new trail has 15 models sponsored by businesses and will be in place until September 30. It has been organised by the town’s 42F ATC squadron.