Freedom of Aylesbury Parade

Jane Reilly  |  Published: May 22nd 2018

The sight of marching airmen and women brought Aylesbury to a standstill this weekend as the town paid tribute to personnel from RAF Halton at a special parade to mark the Freedom of the Vale.

In 1956, the Freedom of Aylesbury was bestowed upon RAF Halton. The honour and distinction of marching through the streets of Aylesbury with a full ceremonial parade, bayonets fixed, Queen’s Colour flying, drums beating and band playing solidifies the important relationship that the Station has with the town.

Group Captain James Brayshaw, Station Commander, addressed the attendees, saying: “I am immensely proud that we are able to recognise today our unique relationship, our close bonds and our enduring friendships.” He went on to tell of the role that RAF Halton plays in today’s Air Force and of its incredibly rich history and on-going relationship with the Vale. “It was over 70 years ago, that Lord Trenchard, the founder of the Royal Air Force, observed that ‘Halton and the Halton spirit has been a pillar of strength all over the world’.  That spirit and strength is embodied in those who serve today, those who march today, and those who call the Vale of Aylesbury their home.”

The Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment led the parade through the streets followed by Parade Commander, Wing Commander Karen Moran, who led the two flights and the Queen’s Colour of RAF Halton to the Freedom Ceremony.

The beautiful blue sunny skies were the backdrop to a Dakota flypast from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

A spokesperson from Aylesbury Town Council said: “This year it is the Royal Air Force’s Centenary year.  Marking 100 years that dedicated, brave and honourable servicemen and women have gallantly served in the name of our country.  Right on our doorstep is RAF Halton, one of the largest RAF stations in the UK, whose primary role is to train military and civilian personnel to perform to the highest standard for military operations and we welcome them here today.”

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