Show your support at RAF Cottesmore’s final parade

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THE STREETS of Oakham and Cottesmore are expected to be lined with well-wishers today as personnle from RAF Cottesmore parade for the final time.

They will march through Cottesmore at about 12.45pm before attending a service of thanksgiving at All Saints Church, Oakham.

A parade will form up outside the church at about 2.45pm for a procession along Church Street and High Street and Catmose Street, ending at Rutland County Museum.

People are being encouraged to turn out to watch the march to say their last goodbyes and show their support.

From tomorrow RAF Cottesmore will operate as a satellite of RAF Wittering as it winds down for closure next year.

Chief executive of Rutland County Council Helen Briggs said: “This will be the last time that the RAF Cottesmore troops march through Oakham as part of the Cottesmore station.

“It will be a chance to say goodbye and show our support to the RAF on what will be a very short but poignant march. “It is a sad time to see the base preparing for closure and the troops leaving and I wish them all well on behalf of the council.”