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RAF Linton-on-Ouse personnel join freedom march through York
PERSONNEL from RAF Linton-on-Ouse joined veterans and cadets in a parade through York to a Battle of Britain service at the Minster.
The air base, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary, was exercising the Freedom of the City of York in the parade, which set off from Duncombe Place yesterday morning in increasingly wet and windy weather.
Prior to the parade there was a Flypast by a “diamond nine” of Tucano aircraft from Linton.
The parade took a route through the centre of the city and back to Duncombe Place for the salute, before being dismissed to enter the Minster by the West Entrance.
Standards, including ones from 72 Squadron, based at the base, the York branch of the RAF Association, and the Royal Observer Corps, along with the Banner of 110 (City of York) Air Training Corps Cadets, were presented to the altar.
During the service, the Book of Remembrance was ceremoniously marched along the nave by four RAF Officers, escorted by the parade commander, Station Warrant Officer Fred Dawson, coming to rest below the altar in preparation for the Turning Of The Page Ceremony.
The book contains more than 18,000 names of personnel who flew with the RAF and were killed during the Second World War while flying from bases in Yorkshire, Durham and Northumberland.
Three separate pages were turned, one by a veteran, a second by the Station Commander RAF Linton on Ouse and a third by a Senior Air Training Corps Cadet.
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