Service personnel from RAF Wittering have paraded through Stamford in Lincolnshire to exercise their freedom of the historic town.

The freedom of Stamford was first granted to RAF Wittering on 1 July 1961, giving the station the prerogative to march through the streets of the town with bayonets fixed, colours flying and bands playing.

Around 60 service personnel marched through with bayonets fixed and accompanied by the band of the RAF College Cranwell.

Crowds lining the streets watched as they arrived at Brownes Hospital War Memorial, where a salute took place as the Major inspected the parade.

RAF Wittering Celebrate Freedom Of Stamford

Station Commander RAF Wittering Group Captain Tony Keeling said: “RAF Wittering’s background goes all the way back to 1916 so a lot of the station community have raised their children here, their partners work here, their kids go to school here.

"We really are part of the local community and that’s endured for so long. It’s a very strong relationship.”

Initially a medieval practice, the Freedom of the City or Town is an honour given by a municipality upon a valued member or group in the community.

In the case of military units, it is a symbolic mark of trust, representing the good relations with a town or city.

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