Dedication service recreated at RAF Marham

Re-dedication of RAF Marham's 'Blue Bull' roundabout. Pictured is the Tornado flypast. Picture: Ian

Re-dedication of RAF Marham's 'Blue Bull' roundabout. Pictured is the Tornado flypast. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Fifty years ago the then head of the Royal Air Force, Sir Charles Elworthy stood at the 'Blue Bull' roundabout at RAF Marham to commemorate its 50th anniversary.

And the current Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier yesterday? stood on the same spot to commemorate the station's 100th anniversary.

The re-dedication of the 'Blue Bull' roundabout exactly 50 years after the first event was held as part of the ongoing celebrations to mark RAF Marham's centenary.

It was also a return to the station for Sir Stephen Hillier and Air Vice Marshal Gerry Mayhew, air officer commanding No 1 group, who both previously served as RAF Marham squadron commanders.

Hundreds of servicemen and women saw the unveiling of a plaque commemorating the event and listing all the squadrons that have served at the base since 1916. A guard of honour was also held followed by a flypast of four Tornados.

Station commander, Group Captain Rich Davies said: 'In 1966 all personnel at RAF Marham were male, and it was not until 1989 that female personnel served here.

'Today, the whole force is here, including regulars, reservists, members of the community, families of servicemen and women, air cadets, mayors from across the region, and building workers.

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'While the Tornado Force is very much front and centre now, we are also in transition, preparing for the arrival of the F-35B Lightning II jet in 2018. Let's hope that in another 50 years' time, there will be another dedication service.'

Sir Stephen Hillier said: 'It's a privilege to be here. I feel part of the history of RAF Marham. it has a special place in the affections of my family.'

Were you there 50 years ago? Let us know. Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk