Farewell parade for squadron

206 Squadron band,Bicester.
206 Squadron band,Bicester.
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FAMILIES and veterans arrived at St David’s Barracks in Bicester on Thursday to see the final parade of 206 Pioneer Squadron.

The unit is being disbanded after 60 years of service in the Royal Logistic Corps.

Red Cross volunteer Bea Foster, of King’s Meadow in Bicester, was one of those present on the day.

She said: “It was very impressive. They presented themselves so well, and were very keen to show the public what they do.

“Some of them were awarded long service medals, and they all marched off to Auld Lang Syne.”

The squadron had previously disbanded in 2000, but was reformed for service in Sierra Leone, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Several squadron members are still on active service in Afghanistan, where they provide force protection, mortuary services and search capabilities.

The parade ground was surrounded by an impressive display of specialist vehicles and equipment demonstrating their work, including a mobile canteen, laundry, and a Mastiff armoured vehicle.

Visitors could also try out metal detectors to find ‘IEDs’ hidden beneath sand. Presentations to soldiers included awards for long and dedicated service.

Personnel from 206 Squadron have been allocated to other squadrons for the time being.

>Have you served with the 206 Pioneer Squadron? Get in touch, our contact details are on page 6.