Freedom of King’s Lynn Parade & Armed Forces Flag Raising
In June flags were raised across the county as the region honoured its armed forces. Current and former servicemen and women, along with crowds of spectators turned out to show their support and appreciation for the men and women who make up the armed forces community.
June also saw the Freedom of King’s Lynn parade where personnel from RAF Marham marched through the centre of King’s Lynn. The Freedom of the Borough Parade formed-up at Common Staithe Quay and marched to Tuesday Market Place where it was reviewed by The Worshipful the Mayor of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk. The Standards of No’s IX (B) Squadron and No 2620 (County of Norfolk) Squadron RAuxAF Regt and two supporting flights were accompanied by the Band of the Royal Air Force College, Cranwell.
This year, the parade has a special significance with the parade Warrant Officer being Station Warrant Officer Paul Edwards and the No 2620 (County of Norfolk) Squadron RAuxAF Regt standard escort as Flight Sergeant Tony Murray MBE, both born locally and educated in King’s Lynn at Gaywood Park School.
Warrant Officer Edwards said: “I feel proud and honoured to return to my home town and represent Royal Air Force Marham at this prestigious event. It is important that we continue to forge links with the community and we are extremely privileged to receive the freedom of the borough.”
Following speeches by the Mayor and the Station Commander, two Tornado GR4 aircraft performed a flypast over the Parade at 12 noon.
After the parade, a Civic Reception was held in the Town Hall.