Liberty for town ATC Squadron

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A sea of uniforms filled Market Square as the 2507 Air Training Corps Squadron was granted the Liberty of Bicester on Sunday.

Bicester mayor, Melanie Magee, the Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, Tim Stevenson, and the Commander of the Bicester Garrison, Colonel Angus Mathie, were present for the ceremony.

MCBW-12-09-13 Bicester Civic Service ''Bicester Town Civic Service 2013'Pictured - Parade

MCBW-12-09-13 Bicester Civic Service ''Bicester Town Civic Service 2013'Pictured - Parade

Bicester Town Mayor, Councillor Melanie Magee, said: “I was really proud to be able to support the ATC at the civic event with a drumhead ceremony and parade.

“It was great to be there for the long-overdue awarding of the Liberty of the Town. I think the ATC are a very impressive group of young people who have so much potential and really do act as role models.”

Members of 2507 Bicester ATC Squadron exercised their Liberty of the Town for the first time after a ceremony planned for March was postponed due to bad weather.

Also parading at the event was the ATC Squadron’s marching band, Royal British Legion standard bearers, 23 Pioneer Regiment, the United States Airforce from RAF Croughton and Bicester Scouts.

Councillor James Porter, who was among the town councillors present, said: “The whole event was a demonstration of inclusion, which is our mayor’s theme for the year.”

He added: “The ATC were very proud to accept their award and did a very good job of leading the parade.”

To see a slideshow of pictures from this event, visit www.buckinghamtoday.co.uk.