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RAF Leeming celebrates 'strong links' with Northallerton

RAF Leeming march through Northallerton Image copyright RAF Leeming
Image caption The Illuminated Address was carried down the High Street to the sound of an RAF band

A parade celebrating the strong links between an RAF base and the community has taken place in a North Yorkshire town.

RAF Leeming personnel marched earlier for the Freedom of Northallerton Parade.

A document, the Illuminated Address, was carried down the High Street to the sound of an RAF band and a flypast of Hawk jets.

Station Commander David Bradshaw said the relationship must be maintained.

Image copyright RAF Leeming
Image caption Stn Cmdr Bradshaw: "We are part of the community and being able to show our strong links, or bond of friendship with our nearest and dearest towns is really important"

"We are part of the community and being able to show our strong links, or bond of friendship, with our nearest and dearest towns is really important to everyone here at RAF Leeming," he said.

"Having the freedom of a town allows us to march through with drums beating, colours flying and bayonets fixed.

"Making sure we look spick and span, and presenting to the people of Northallerton the importance of this event, is a key part of it.

Image caption RAF Leeming has a squadron of Hawk jets
Image copyright RAF Leeming
Image caption Four Hawk jets from 100 Squadron performed the flypast overhead

The Illuminated Address was presented to RAF Leeming in 1978 as a permanent record of the link, goodwill, friendship and excellent relationship between the station and the town of Northallerton.

After the parade, RAF Leeming tweeted: "Super show in glorious sunshine! Well done lads and lasses!"

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