Parade in King’s Lynn today to mark RAF Marham centenary

Borough mayor John Legg , accompanied by Group Captain Dick Garwood, inspecting personnel from RAF

Borough mayor John Legg , accompanied by Group Captain Dick Garwood, inspecting personnel from RAF Marham during the annual Freedom Parade in King's Lynn. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press, Archant

Visitors to today's celebrations can also view an exhibition at the Stories of Lynn about the airbase's relationship with the town.

A new exhibition has opened at Stories for Lynn about RAF Marham. Pictured with a commemorative plat

A new exhibition has opened at Stories for Lynn about RAF Marham. Pictured with a commemorative plate given to King's Lynn by RAF Marham is curator Danya Woolbright. Picture: Ian Burt

Personnel from RAF Marham will mark their Freedom of the Borough status with a parade through the historic town centre, starting at the Tuesday Market Place from noon. There will be a Tornado flypast to mark the start of the event.

The team behind the Stories of Lynn project at the town hall has also put together a temporary exhibition as part of the commemorations.

Danya Woolbright, assistant curator at Lynn Museum, said: 'We're saving this particular space for more community-focused projects.

'Marham and King's Lynn have a very special relationship that is important to celebrate alongside the other events that are happening alongside the centenary celebrations.'

A new exhibition has opened at Stories for Lynn about RAF Marham. Pictured with a commemorative plat

A new exhibition has opened at Stories for Lynn about RAF Marham. Pictured with a commemorative plate given to King's Lynn by RAF Marham is curator Danya Woolbright. Picture: Ian Burt


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Among the objects and information displayed is a quote from the Queen Mother written in 1976 about RAF Marham and King's Lynn 'through two world wars and in times of peace'.

In 1976, the prestigious accolade of Freedom of King's Lynn was granted to the airbase, giving the serving airmen and women the right to bear arms and march through the town with a marching band.

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Five years later, in 1981, it was handed a second award, Freedom of the Borough of King's Lynn and West Norfolk.

The exhibition also displays gifts, including a silver plate handed to King's Lynn after RAF Marham was awarded the accolades.

A new exhibition has opened at Stories for Lynn about RAF Marham. Pictured with a commemorative plat

A new exhibition has opened at Stories for Lynn about RAF Marham. Pictured with a commemorative plate given to King's Lynn by RAF Marham is curator Danya Woolbright. Picture: Ian Burt

Are you organising an event to celebrate RAF Marham's centenary? Email louise.hepburn@archant.co.uk

A new exhibition has opened at Stories for Lynn about RAF Marham. Pictured is curator Danya Woolbrig

A new exhibition has opened at Stories for Lynn about RAF Marham. Pictured is curator Danya Woolbright. Picture: Ian Burt

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