Base commander thanks West Norfolk residents for their support for station

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Crowds gathered in King’s Lynn town centre as personnel from RAF Marham exercised the Freedom of the Borough today.

“I am certain that everyone else gathered here today on the Tuesday Market Place be they family, friends or members of the public share your pride,” said West Norfolk Mayor Geoffrey Wareham.

“I have witnessed what will be one of the highlights of the year,” he added.

The band of the RAF Regiment joined personnel who were inspected by Mr Wareham along with RAF Marham Station Commander David Cooper.

He said he was: “Immensely proud I am that RAF Marham was able to parade in front of you today. It remains one of the oldest and highest civic honours in the commonwealth.

“I am incredibly proud of the men and women who work at RAF Marham and those in front of you are incredibly proud to be here today. But we could not do what we do without the support of our families and without the support of you, the people of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk. I am continually humbled by the way in which the public hold the RAF in high regard,” he said.

A lone GR4 Tornado, of 31 Sqn piloted by Sqd Ldr Martin Wilde, provided a fly-past as the ceremony got under way.

The Borough Mayor also thanked the station for its role in “support of the greatest sporting operation on earth, the 2012 London Olympics. Behind the scenes personnel from RAF supported with air power security and taking on an enormous challenge. One of the biggest peace-time operations in recent years. Well done and thank-you all.”

School children were among the crowd which lined the route and cheered in support of the two flights from IX (B) Sqn on parade.

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