Base to mark RAF Cottesmore closure tomorrow

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RAF Cottesmore is closing as a Royal Air Force station tomorrow with a ceremony to mark the occasion.

A host of distinguished guests will attend the event when the RAF ensign will be lowered for the last time at Cottesmore at 6pm.

Guests invited include Lord Lieutenant of Rutland Laurence Howard; High Sheriff of Rutland Peter Lawson, Oakham mayor Joyce Lucas, and chief executive of Rutland County Council, Helen Briggs.

The base will be handed over to the Ministry of Defence to become an Army base.

Troops from the 2nd Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment will move into Cottesmore when they return from performing security duties in Cyprus, with their families. They are due to arrive in June and July.

The base will become one of the five regional headquarters for British troops returning from Germany in 2014 with the 7 Regiment Royal Logistics Company moving in from Bielefeld.

The RAF will remain at Wittering with the Army troops likely to share the base from 2015. St George’s Barracks, North Luffenham will also take extra Army troops in 2015.