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RAF Stanbridge closure marked by ceremony

RAF Stanbridge
Image caption The current RAF Stanbridge site will officially close in March 2013

The ensign has been lowered for the last time during a closing ceremony at a Bedfordshire RAF station.

The event was held earlier at RAF Stanbridge, near Leighton Buzzard, ahead of its total closure in 2013.

The site opened in 1939 as an RAF communications base before becoming the force's Supply Control Centre.

It is closing after the outsourcing of the supply logistics service to Boeing Defence UK in Milton Keynes.

Current personnel, local dignitaries and military guests watched a parade, accompanied by the RAF Central Band, before a fly-past from a Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Head of establishment, Flt Lt Steve Hawkins, who moved to Stanbridge in March 2011 to manage the closure, said something special was needed to mark the end of the site.

"I wanted it to be big so that all its history is recognised and I wanted to do it early while people are still here," he said.

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