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RAF Cottesmore troops' last march in Rutland

A farewell parade has been held in Oakham and Cottesmore in Rutland to thank the military who have served at the county's Royal Air Force base.

The Cottesmore base will become a satellite base to RAF Wittering before it finally closes in 2012.

Dozens of people lined the streets in Cottesmore which has been home to the base for 73 years.

A 45-minute thanksgiving service was held at a local church to mark the farewell.

"It is not just an RAF station it is part of the community as RAF families have lived here for three generations in many cases and we shall miss them dreadfully," Edward Baines, chairman of Rutland County Council, said.

The base is due to close in March 2012 with the loss of 1,000 jobs.

RAF Cottesmore opened in 1938 and during the 1960s was the base for nuclear capable Vulcan bombers. It was the home of the Harrier aircraft until 2010.

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