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Heavy rain storms cleared just in time to allow dedicated servicemen and women from RAF Marham to parade through Lynn.

Organisers of the annual freedom parade were just minutes away from cancelling the popular march when the rain finally stopped.

The new standard presented to 31 Squadron earlier this year received its first outing when two flights of men and women marched from the Common Staithe car park to Tuesday Market Place on Sunday.

Deputy mayor Colin Manning and a group of dignitaries also paraded from the town hall to the market square.

Mr Manning acted as reviewing officer before giving a speech and RAF Marham station commander, Gp Capt Harv Smyth, also spoke during the event.

Spectators were not put off by the weather to cheer on the 50 servicemen on parade. In some places the crowd was three deep.

Prior to the march, the Bluebirds Military Wives Choir from RAF Marham also performed and the Band from Royal College Cranwell was also part of the event.

Mr Manning said: “It was a really special day and we had a very lucky window in the weather.

“The rain stopped and the sun started to come out just as we started the procession. RAF Service personnel looked absolutely immaculate and it was a privilege for me to be part of the event.

“To see them so well turned out and to have so many people there to applaud them as they marched off has been the highlight of my year in office. It made me feel proud that RAF Marham and the personnel who serve there are part of our borough.”

A spokeswoman from RAF Marham has thanked the people of Lynn and the local area for turning out to support the troops.

She said: “Considering the weather was so bad, the support was just fantastic.

“The station is so appreciative of the support from the people of Lynn and West Norfolk.”

Men and women in 31 Squadron will be deployed to Afghanistan in September. They will be the final flight of Tornadoes in the country.

 

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