Parade celebrates RAF Marham’s centenary

RAF Marham Freedom Parade on the Tuesday Market Place King's Lynn.
RAF Marham Station Commander Group Captain Rich Davies ADC MA RAF, taking the salute with Borough Mayor Councillor David Whitby ANL-160206-135003009
RAF Marham Freedom Parade on the Tuesday Market Place King's Lynn. RAF Marham Station Commander Group Captain Rich Davies ADC MA RAF, taking the salute with Borough Mayor Councillor David Whitby ANL-160206-135003009

Air crews from RAF Marham marched through the centre of Lynn yesterday as the base exercised its freedom of West Norfolk.

Hundreds gathered around the Tuesday Market Place to see the freedom parade in the base’s centenary year, which also included a Tornado flypast.

Borough mayor David Whitby, who inspected the parade before taking the salute, said: “As mayor, I would formally like to welcome you all to this great occasion in your centenary year.

“I am certain that everyone here today on the Tuesday Market Place, be they family, friends or the general public shares that pride.

“I have witnessed what will be one of my mayoral highlights of the year with your impeccable marching and rifle drills.”

The station’s commander, Group Captain Rich Davies said: “To be honoured with the Freedom of the Borough recognises the close ties, friendship and co-operation which bind together the station and the borough.

“It is with great pleasure and pride that we parade today with our bayonets raised, colours flying and bands playing, as described on our freedom scroll.

“As mentioned by the mayor, this is a very special year for RAF Marham and its personnel as we celebrate our centenary.”

In 1976, the base was granted the Freedom of King’s Lynn was granted to the airbase, giving the serving airmen and women the right to bear arms and march through the town with a marching band.

Five years later, in 1981, it was given the freedom of the borough of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk.

During the year, servicemen and women from the base are also undertaking 100 fundraising activities to commemorate 100 years of service.

The RAF Benevolent Fund will be among charities to be supported during the campaign.