This year the RAF Regiment celebrates its 80th Anniversary since formation on 1 Feb 1942. As part of these celebrations 2 FP Wg participated in the Freedom of Richmond parade on 1 Jul 22, which also celebrates the 51st anniversary since this honour was bestowed. As part of the event we were also able to re-dedicate the Freedom of Richmond Sword to Richmond council.
Taking part in the parade were 34 Squadron RAF Regiment, an RAF Regiment Colour Party and The Band of the RAF Regiment.
Wg Cdr Wiseman, OC 2 FP Wg, proudly hosted Baroness Angela Harris, Madame Mayor Ann Brewer, Lord Lieutenant Deputy for North Yorkshire Mr Nigel Corner, AVM Mick Smeath and Gp Capt Jason Sutton.
“It was a pleasure for 34 Sqn to represent the RAF Regt on exercising our Freedom of Richmond. The Parade was a great opportunity to engage with the local community around Richmond and develop the relationship between the town and RAF LEEMING”
Parade Commander – Sqn Ldr David Rayfield
“It was an honour to represent not only the RAF Regiment but also the RAF in Richmond exercising the right of the freedom of the town. Small acts such as this ensure our strong connection with the community and remains a big part of our Corps ethos.”
Flight Commander (B Flt) - Flt Lt Harry Kendall
“It was an honour to represent the Regt in our local community cementing relationships between the locals and the Corps, Per Ardua”
Parade Contingent - Air Specialist Class 1 Croes – Weide