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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Show support at RAF Boulmer parade

Almost 100 servicemen and women from RAF Boulmer will march through the streets of Morpeth on Thursday September 23 to receive the Freedom of Northumberland - the county's highest civic honour.
It is hoped that people from across Northumberland will turn out in force to pay their respects to all those stationed at the base who have provided such a valuable service to both the county and the country
The parade will start in Manchester Street at 12.35pm and will follow a route through Dacre Street to Bridge Street where civic leaders from around the county will be assembled outside the Town Hall and the Freedom Ceremony will take place at 1pm.
To mark the occasion, Boulmer's iconic yellow Sea King helicopter will also fly over the centre of the town just before the ceremony commences.
Northumberland County Council Chairman Marcia Bircham said:
" RAF Boulmer  has a very close association with the county and plays a vital role in the security of our country.  I hope that local residents will turn out in force to pay their respects and thanks to the servicemen and women and give them an extra special welcome. "
RAF Boulmer has been an integral part of the defence of Northumberland since 1940 and the base has developed significantly over the years.  It is now the Force Headquarters for the United Kingdom Airspace Surveillance and Control System that maintains a watch over our skies 24 hours each day, 365 days per year.
Their highly capable yellow Sea King helicopters provide round-the-clock Search and Rescue cover for a large part of the North-East.  The station  also provides essential training to our military personnel and those of coalition forces, who deploy on operations worldwide.