September 20 2014 Latest news:
Monday, August 11, 2014
There was a sense of relief in the Tuesday Market Place that the weather had remained dry for the personnel of RAF Marham.
As onlookers watched on, the service men and women proudly marched through from the quayside to the market place in King’s Lynn.
They were joined by the Band of the Royal Air Force College and accompanied by a civic procession of Lynn’s word and mace bearers.
West Norfolk deputy mayor, Colin Manning, inspected the parade and delivered a speech.
He said: “Today I have witnessed a highlight of the year for me, to see the parade and the impeccable marching. This year we did something different, to move it from a being midweek to Sunday so more can enjoy it.
“The Marham Bluebirds Military Wives Choir added poignancy I would like to thank them. Our thoughts are with the personnel, squadrons nine in Afghanistan and hearing on their safe return home.”
He added: “We must also not forget the extra ceremonial commitments they have done such as the 100 year anniversary of the First World War and the 70th D-Day - they played a great part.
“This is a special day for the personnel at Marham - well done all and thank you.”
After the parade the airmen and airwomen were invited to the town hall where they were received by the mayor.
Speaking after the event, station commander Harv Smyth said that the personnel at the parade were “phenomenal.”
He said: “They have only had a couple of days to prepare and I am very proud of the team. We are very busy all around the globe and 31 squadron will be going to Afghanistan and the nine squadron are coming home.
“It has been a nice turnout and the parade is pinnacle to the close relationship we have with the borough.”
People who came to watch the parade spoke of their experience.
Hilary and Bob Prince from Birmingham who are holidaying in the area said: “We are camping in Deepdale at the moment and we thought we would come to King’s Lynn to watch it, we didn’t know what to expect but it’s good.”
Another couple, Shelia and William Liney came from Downham Market.
Mr Liney said: “It was brilliant. Were quite near to Marham so we like to come. It’s good to show support.”