Downham Market celebrates 100 years of RAF Marham

Downham Market Town Council making presentation to RAF Marham, marking the centenary.
Presentation group, front from left, Group Captain Rich Davies (RAF Marham Station Commander), Nicholas Pratt (High Sheriff of Norfolk), John and Margaret Fox (Downham Market Mayor and Mayoress), Ray Wales (Downham Market Town Crier) ANL-160403-082010009
Downham Market Town Council making presentation to RAF Marham, marking the centenary. Presentation group, front from left, Group Captain Rich Davies (RAF Marham Station Commander), Nicholas Pratt (High Sheriff of Norfolk), John and Margaret Fox (Downham Market Mayor and Mayoress), Ray Wales (Downham Market Town Crier) ANL-160403-082010009

Downham Town Council celebrated the 100th anniversary of RAF Marham during a special presentation.

Mayor John Fox presented a silver salver to station commander Grp Capt Rich Davies to mark this milestone anniversary, as the picture above shows.

The council also invited 10 representatives from across the ranks at the base to the reception in the Town Hall.

Speeches were made during the event by Mr Fox and Grp Capt Davies.

Town clerk Jean Markwell said the council wanted to present the base with something which could go on display.

Mrs Markwell said: “We felt it was important to mark the anniversary.

“Service personnel in 9 Bomber Squadron already have the freedom of the Downham.

“We have a close connection with Marham and wanted to mark this centenary with a small gift to show our appreciation of everything the base does for us.”

A series of events are being held over the next year to mark the anniversary.