RAF to mark Battle of Britain with Freedom Parade – Sunday 16th September

A Stafford based unit of the Royal Air Force will be on parade in the town this weekend as part of Battle of Britain commemorations.

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

Hundreds of residents are expected to line the streets of the town centre to show their support for the Beacon Barracks based unit.

The 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 were granted Freedom of the Borough in 2008. Members of the unit 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 show that tremendous support for TSW as they exercise their Freedom as part of the Battle of Britain Commemorations.”

 

The parade is due to take place around 12.45pm on Sunday.