RAF Halton feels free to keep marching on

Aylesbury honoured personnel from RAF Halton with a special parade commemorating the Freedom of Aylesbury.

The Freedom of Aylesbury was bestowed upon RAF Halton in 1956. The honour and distinction of marching through the streets of Aylesbury with a full ceremonial parade, bayonets fixed, King’s Colour flying, drums beating and band playing solidifies the relationship that the station has with the town.

The Central Band of the Royal Air led the parade on Sunday, followed by the apprentices and staff of RAF Halton with the King’s Colour on parade.

The Mayor of Aylesbury, members of the town council and dignitaries formed part of the parade through Market Square.

Dignitaries included HM Lord-Lieutenant the Countess Howe, High Sheriff Of Buckinghamshire Kurshida Mizra BEM, Wing Commander Peter Seanor RAF Halton and Mr Rob Butler MP along with other representatives from town councils and other organisations.

The Freedom of Aylesbury scroll was read by Town Clerk Keith Gray, followed by speeches from the Mayor of Aylesbury, Councillor Steven Lambert and Station Commander Wing Cdr Peter Seanor. Aylesbury Consort of Voices sang a rendition of Jerusalem before the Central Band of the RAF conducted a march around Market Square.

Aylesbury Mayor Steven Lambert said: ‘Aylesbury was the first town in Buckinghamshire to grant RAF Halton the ‘Freedom’ and it is a privilege both Aylesbury Town and RAF Halton still proudly celebrate today.’

Laura McG Photography