504 Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force ato receive Freedom of Entry to Oakham

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Service personel from 504 Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force are soon to be given the Freedom of Entry to Oakham.

The Squadron was based at RAF Cottesmore from the mid 1990s and moved to RAF Wittering in 2012 when the Rutland Air Force base was handed over to the Army.

The honour of Freedom of Entry is to be conferred on the Squadron by Oakham Town Council.

Council chairman and Mayor of Oakham Jayne Woodcock said: “This is a Squadron that was part of the Battle of Britain Squadron. They were based in Cottesmore for quite some time.

“During their time in Rutland they always offered a great deal of support to Oakham.

“They attended our remembrance services every year and supported us in everything that was related to military activities.”

Freedom of Entry is the highest honour that a local authority can bestow on an individual or corporate body.

It is normally awarded to those who have made a significant contribution to the area or had made outstanding achievements.

Oakham Town Council will confer the honour on 504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force on Sunday, September 21.

The ceremony will start with a service of thanksgiving in All Saints’ Church, Oakham, at 2pm after which Mrs Woodcock will present the Freedom in the Market Place around 3pm.

After the presentation and inspection the Squadron will march through the town with drums beating, bands playing, colours flying and bayonets fixed.

Lord Lieutenant of Rutland Dr Laurence Howard is Honorary Air Commodore of the Squadron, which is made up volunteer reservists.

Oakham town councillor Alf Dewis urged people to turn out in force and give their “usual enthusiastic welcome and thanks” to the servicemen and women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.