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2071 Sqn Provide Guard of Honour for RAF Wittering Freedom Parade

Article posted: Jul 18, 2011 by Sqn Ldr Pass

Staff & Cadets from 2071 (Stamford) Sqn were on parade again this month in the town of Stamford, were they provided a Guard of Honour outside the Stamford Town Hall.

Invited by the Station Warrant Officer Royal Air Force Wittering, WO Steve Poulton, the cadets formed up outside the Town Hall in front of the Mayor of Stamford, Station Commander Royal Air Force Wittering and other military & civil dignitaries.

2071 Sqn Guard of Honour outside the Stamford Town Hall as the RAF Wittering contingent march past

The parade led by the Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment formed up opposite the War Memorial on Broad Street Stamford, where the scroll of the Freedom of Stamford was displayed by RAF Wittering personnel. The Station Commander took the salute and at precisely 11:00 hours a Spitfire of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight provided a fly past, to cheering crowds.

Bayonets fixed; the two flights from RAF Wittering then exercised their right to march through the town towards the Town Hall.

Squadron commander Flt Lt Helen Gibson said “The cadets looked very smart and we received laudatory comments on how well turned out they were from members of the public and members of the Stamford Branch of the Royal British Legion, who the Squadron has close links with. I would like to thank Sgt (ATC) Craig Harrison of 1461 (Wigston) Sqn who, kindly assisted with the parade”.

Helen went on “We were very honoured to be invited by the Station Warrant Officer to take part in this very important event, where we not only represented South & East Midlands Wing, but also strengthened our links with RAF Wittering as their local Squadron”.

By CI Paul Ferguson
2071 Sqn Adjutant