People line Stamford streets as RAF Wittering personnel mark 50 years of having freedom of the town

The parade in Ironmonger Street     Photo: SM130711-001ow
The parade in Ironmonger Street Photo: SM130711-001ow

HUNDREDS of people lined the streets of Stamford this morning to cheer on RAF Wittering personnel who marched through the town centre to celebrate 50 years of having the freedom of the town.

The parade formed up at the Star Lane end of Broad Street and marched to the front of Browne’s Hospital where Stamford Mayor John Binder, accompanied by RAF Wittering’s Station Commander, Group Captain Graham Hill, joined other civic dignitaries and VIP guests on the balcony for a general salute at 11am. This was accompanied by a spectacular flypast by a Spitfire of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and a short address by the mayor and RAF Wittering commander.

Led by the Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment, resplendent in their gold and blue uniforms, the parade then marched down Ironmonger Street and High Street, along St Mary’s Street and St Mary’s Hill to High Street St Martins, marching past the Town Hall where the station commander, mayor and dignitaries were lined up on the balcony.

All along the route people came out of shops and hung out of upstairs windows and applauded the airmen and women.

A reception followed in the town hall.