Hundreds packed into Lynn at the weekend to see the town’s Air Cadets exercise their Freedom of West Norfolk for the first time.
The honour was initially bestowed upon the 42F Air Training Corps (ATC) squadron by the borough council last October.
And members of the squadron paraded in King’s Staithe Square on Saturday afternoon, before flypasts by a Spitfire and Dakota planes.
The squadron’s commander, Flight Lieutenant Pauline Petch, said: “The cadets did a fantastic job.
“There’s been so many members of the public here, so many parents and friends. It’s just been a wonderful day.”
Borough mayor Colin Manning, who inspected the parade before taking the cadets’ salute, said the award put the squadron in the same company as the late Queen Mother and personnel from both RAF Marham and the Royal Anglian Regiment.
He told them: “Since becoming mayor, I have seen your tremendous efforts at first hand, supporting many civic events and local charities.
“You’ve always worn your uniforms with pride. You are a credit to the community you represent.”
Wing Commander David Miller, commanding officer of the cadet force in Norfolk and Suffolk, added: “This is a fantastic honour for the squadron and the entire Norfolk and Suffolk wing of the Air Cadet organisation.”
The afternoon’s celebrations also included the launch of a Spitfire trail, containing 24 models of the iconic aircraft, around the town.
Maps showing where all the sculptures are sited are available from the tourist information centre. The trail will remain in place until the end of September.
And Mr Manning thanked all the sponsors for their support of the project.
The parade also preceded a Forties Lynn celebration event held around the town on Sunday.
For a full report and pictures, turn to page 24.