Battle of Britain parade will mark 100 years of the RAF

Residents are being invited to show their support for a Stafford based unit of the Royal Air Force who will be marching through the town centre next month.

Members of the Tactical Supply Wing (TSW) will be exercising their Freedom of the Borough by marching through town on Sunday 16 September.

The Battle of Britain Commemoration parade will also mark 100 years since the formation of the RAF.

The day will include wreath laying at both the borough and county war memorials following a service at the town’s St Mary’s Church.

The TSW is based at Beacon Barracks in Stafford and were granted Freedom of the Borough in 2008. Around 60 members of TSW will be joined by 100 RAF cadets accompanied by the Staffordshire Wing RAF Air Cadets Band.

The parade will travel through the town centre and a salute will be taken by the Mayor of Stafford Borough, Councillor Ray Barron, who will be in the Market Square alongside Commanding Officer of TSW, Wing Commander Jamie Miller MBE, and other civic and military leaders.

Leader of the Borough Council, Patrick Farrington, said:

“Our community has a long established relationship with the military and I know people across the borough hold them in great affection. We appreciate all they do, and have done, in protecting the freedoms that we enjoy today.

“So I hope that our residents and visitors will come and demonstrate that tremendous support for TSW as they exercise their Freedom as part of the Battle of Britain Commemorations.”

The parade is expected to take place just after 12.30pm on Sunday 16 September.