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Hundreds of people watched RAF Honington being presented with the Freedom of Thetford Town at a ceremony in the town’s market square on Sunday.

Station Commander, Group Captain Matthew Radnall, accepted the Title Deed from Mayor of Thetford, Cllr Brenda Canham.

After the presentation, Group Captain Radnall said: “Historically, the freedom of a town is a symbol of the trust invested in the military by the civil community. Rest assured Lady Mayor, we will exercise that freedom responsibly.”

Outside the town’s Guildhall the 120 personnel from RAF Honington during the Freedom of Thetford ceremony Pictures by Mecha Morton
Outside the town’s Guildhall the 120 personnel from RAF Honington during the Freedom of Thetford ceremony Pictures by Mecha Morton

He went on to thank everyone involved, including Station Warrant Officer Mac Macdonald who paved the way for the event to happen, before saying to his station personnel, that he was ‘very proud’ to be their commanding officer.’

Around 120 service personnel, flying the Queen’s Colour for the RAF Regiment, the Standards of Nos 1, 15 and 27 Squadrons RAF Regiment, and 2623 Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force Squadron marched from Thetford Grammar School, along King Street and into the market place.

Station Warrant Officer Mac Macdonald, left, next to the deed given to RAF Honington Picture by Mecha Morton
Station Warrant Officer Mac Macdonald, left, next to the deed given to RAF Honington Picture by Mecha Morton

Air Cadets from 301, Bury St. Edmunds Squadron and 1109, Thetford Squadron also supported the parade by helping to marshal the route.

The Mayor thanked RAF Honington for supporting the town over the years and assisting the community in many ways including the Poppy Appeal, the Beacon of Light ceremony held last year in the town for Remembrance, and the great work of the Trainee Gunners with the River Restoration project and the Nature Reserve of Nunnery Lakes.

For more pictures, see this week's Bury Free Press.