A MAYOR has urged people to show their support when an air force base holds its 50th anniversary parade.
RAF Wittering celebrates its half century this year and to mark the occasion 150 servicemen and women will march through Stamford on Wednesday, July 13.
The parade will form at 10.30am on Broad Street and will march towards Browne’s Hospital, led by the Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment.
There will be a general salute to the guests and dignitaries gathered at the hospital at 11am, including the mayor’s party and the scroll bearer, a squadron commander and two squadron leaders from the original parade in 1961.
The mayor will be invited inspect the guard, and there will be a flypast by a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire.
The parade will then cut through Ironmonger Street to the High Street and turn right towards Red Lion Square, before marching down St Mary’s Hill for an eyes left outside the town hall, where the mayor and dignitaries will have moved to.
They will then march up High Street St Martin’s before disbanding and heading back to the town hall.
Mayor of Stamford councillor John Binder hopes people will turn out in force to support the parade.
He said: “Stamford Town Council always supports RAF Wittering, they have a proud history and we are always pleased to see them.
“I applaud everything they do and I am looking forward to the parade.”
l The Ministry of Defence has denied reports that its Harrier fleet, which is being kept at RAF Wittering, has been sold off to the United States Marine Corps for £34m.
The Telegraph reported that the Government struck a deal on Tuesday night which would see the grounded planes sold to America and used for spare parts, despite having seven years of flying life left.
A spokesman for the MoD said: “Harrier aircraft will be disposed of through whatever means will get best value for money for the UK taxpayer while ensuring appropriate future use of the aircraft.
“Discussions about options for disposal are ongoing.”