raf freedom parade
In June Wallingford Town Council had the pleasure of hosting the RAF Benson Freedom Parade and would like to thank everyone who came along to support what was a fantastic event.
RAF Benson was awarded the Freedom of Wallingford in 1957 and the Town Council was delighted to recently see the service men and women of the neighbouring base exercise their right to parade through the town. HRH Prince Michael of Kent joined councillors to salute these dedicated personnel and to inspect them in the market place.
Wallingford Town Council is proud of the past sixty years of association with the Royal Air Force and were delighted to welcome the RAF in this way to recognise not only their commitment to our safety and security, but also to reinforce to these service personnel that value them as an important part of our community.
It was a delight to see not only the pomp and ceremony in the market place, but also to see the RAF personnel enjoying themselves on the Kinecroft afterwards. The Town Council are particularly grateful to the crew of the puma and chinook helicopters who allowed children to have a good look around inside the aircraft - there was a sizeable queue of wanna-be pilots waiting to get in the cockpit of the puma at one point!