On Sunday 21st September, RAF Wittering’s No. 504 (County of Nottingham) Royal Auxiliary Air Force Squadron marched through Oakham to receive the Freedom of the Rutland town . The parade was lead by the marching band of No. 5F (Northampton) Squadron Air Training Corps.
It was a busy day with cadets and staff meeting at the squadron Sunday morning for a last practice before MT from RAF Wittering collected cadets, staff and band kit for the journey to Oakham.
The first part of the parade involved the band playing General Salute(National Anthem) Highland Cathedral (slow march) and General Salute during the ceremony where the Mayor of Oakham, Councillor Jane Woodcock, presented the freedom scroll.
Following this the band led the parade on a fairly lengthy route around Oakham during which they played exceedingly well to the appreciation of the crowds .
It is a prestigious honour for any Cadet band to lead an RAF parade and this is now the second time 5F(Northampton) Sqn have done so. In 2008, the band led the home coming parade through Stamford for 3 Sqn, RAF Regiment on their return from Afghanistan.
By coincidence, some of those taking part in the Freedom Parade in Oakham also marched behind our band in the 2008 parade also.
See also: http://www.raf.mod.uk/news/archive/504-squadron-parade-23092014
Flt Lt C Haynes