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RAF Wittering's 'Close Connection' To Peterborough Celebrated With Parade

RAF Wittering personnel paraded through the city alongside the Band of the Royal Air Force College.

RAF Wittering's "close connection" to Peterborough has been celebrated as personnel from the station exercised their freedom of the city.

Airmen and airwomen were accompanied by the Band of the Royal Air Force College as they marched through the city streets. 

Wing Commander Mike Ainsworth said RAF Wittering has had a "close connection with Peterborough ever since 1916 when the station was established as a Royal Flying Corps aerodrome".

RAF Wittering was first granted the Freedom of Peterborough in 1983 (Picture: RAF).
RAF Wittering was first granted the Freedom of Peterborough in 1983 (Picture: RAF).

However, it was not until 1983 that RAF Wittering was granted freedom of the city and since then they have marched through it every two to three years.

Squadron Leader Emma Wolstenholme said exercising their freedom of Peterborough shows the "mutual respect" between the city and RAF Wittering, as well as being a way of saying "thank you".

RAF Wittering is a key base for the air force - it is used to train the next generation of fighter jet pilots and also provides engineering and logistic support on 15 missions over 22 countries.