After 43 years since the Freedom of Swindon was awarded to RAF Lyneham, two flights of personnel accompanied by the Central Band of RAF marched through the town, squadron standards flapping in the gusty wind, for the last time before the station closes as an active military base.
The Mayor of Swindon councillor Ray Ballman inspected the parade in front of the Civic Offices with the Station Commander of RAF Lyneham, Group Captain John Gladston before the flights and bands marched down Euclid Street and Clarence Street, returning up Commercial Road past the Mayor took the salute, before a single Hercules, the iconic aircraft associated with Lyneham and seen daily over Swindon, made a pass above.
“The Freedom of Swindon was a historic accolade which we are sad to lose," said Station Warrant Officer Nick Dale.
The personnel and aircraft will transfer to RAF Brize Norton. The future of the airbase is uncertain.
Photos: Richard Wintle, Calyx, 41 Churchward Avenue Swindon SN2 1NJ +44 (0) 1793 520131