Buckingham news: Fanfare as RAF Halton reveal Buckingham parade plans

Station Muster Parade
Station Muster Parade

A PARADE of RAF personnel will be taking to the streets of Buckingham on March 15 after an airbase in the district was granted the Freedom of Aylesbury Vale.

RAF Halton has been awarded the honour by Aylesbury Vale District Council and will celebrate the occasion with full military honours by parading through town.

The event will start with a flypast, weather allowing, and a short commemoration ceremony in the Market Square.

The chairman of AVDC, Janet Blake, will present a scroll commemmorating Freedom of Entry to the station commander at RAF Halton, Group Captain Chris Elliot. More than 100 RAF personnel will then parade through the High Street with swords drawn, bayonets fixed and colours flying in time to the Central Band of the RAF.

Mrs Blake said: “We are delighted RAF Halton will be parading through Buckingham and it promises to be a very special occasion.

“By awarding the Freedom of Entry, the council and every resident in the Vale is officially recognising the bravery, dedication and selflessness the men and women of the regiment show in the service of our country. I hope we have a huge crowd to give them a tremendous ovation on March 15.”

During the parade, there will be a street collection in aid of the RAF Benevolent Fund and the chairman’s charities, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and the Bucks branch of the British Red Cross.

A rolling programme of road closures will take place to minimise disruption to motorists, starting from Castle Hill and the north end of the High Street, at 7am.

Diversion signs will be in place giving directional advice. All roads are expected to reopen by midday.

RAF Halton is in Wendover, near Aylesbury.