RAF Freedom Parade to be held in Marlow

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Members of the armed forces will exercise their right to parade through Marlow in a dual event which also commemorates the Battle of Britain.

RAF High Wycombe personnel will parade along Marlow’s High Street on 18 September and, in accordance with tradition, will have their swords drawn, bayonets fixed and colours flying.

The RAF base in Naphill was awarded the freedom of the district by Wycombe District Council in 2011. The parade also marks the 76th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

RAF station commander, Group Captain Phil Lester said: “The Freedom Parade celebrates the close relationship that exists between the community of the Wycombe district and RAF High Wycombe.

“The Battle of Britain was a pivotal point in history and the Second World War in particular. We are proud to remember those brave men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice, and look forward to sharing this commemoration with the residents of the district.”

The Air Cadets, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Air Cadet Organisation, will also play a big part in the parade, which will leave Court Garden car park at about 1.35pm.

The parade will march along the High Street to muster at the War Memorial in the Causeway for a short service to commemorate the Battle of Britain. A service will then be held in All Saint's Church.

West Street from the Oxford Road junction, the High Street, Spittal Street and Marlow Bridge will all be closed between 12.30pm and 2.30pm for the parade.

Wycombe District Council Chairman Cllr Mahboob Hussain said: “The Wycombe district has always been proud of its association with the RAF and our residents are deeply grateful to our servicemen and women for their commitment, service and sacrifice for our country.”

The Mayor of Marlow Cllr Bob Johnson said: “It is a huge honour that RAF High Wycombe has chosen Marlow to host their Freedom Parade.

“We look forward to welcoming RAF High Wycombe’s servicemen and women to our town. Please do join us on the High Street to show them a Marlow welcome."