RAF Brize Norton to receive the Freedom of the Exeter

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A Hercules Transporter aircraft will make a low level fly past Exeter to mark the start of the Freedom of the city ceremony for RAF Brize Norton.

The ceremony will take place in Exeter on Monday, October 21 when over 100 serving Airmen from RAF Brize Norton, accompanied by the Band of the RAF Regiment, will be marching through Exeter city centre before stopping at the junction of Bedford Street and the High Street where they will be inspected by the Lord Mayor of Exeter, Cllr Rachel Lyons, the Lord Lieutenant of Devon, Sir Eric Dancer, and the Base Commander, Group Captain Eddie Cole.

After a short ceremony where the Lord Mayor will hand over the Freedom of the City scroll, the Airmen will fix bayonets to their rifles, unfurl their colours and prepare to march off.

The awarding of the Freedom to RAF Brize Norton, now means that all aspects of the Armed Forces are honoured in Exeter as the Royal Marine Training Camp at Lympstone, the 243 (Wessex) Field Hospital (Volunteers), The Rifles and the Coldstream Guards all currently hold the Freedom of the City. Plans are also currently underway to bestow the honour on HMS Defender in February 2014.


(from a press release)

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