26 September 2012

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RAF Boulmer personnel joined North East military veterans to mark the 72nd Anniversary of the Battle of Britain at a Service and Parade in Newcastle.

Battle of Britain Parade Newcastle

Reverend (Sqn Ldr) Paul Rennie led the service in the Banqueting Hall of the Civic Centre and the Station Commander, Group Captain Paul Atkinson read the lesson.

Battle of Britain Parade Newcastle

Following the service, and led by the Parade Commander Squadron Leader Al Jackson, two flights of RAF Boulmer personnel and contingents from Northumbria Universities Air Squadron (NUAS) and the Air Training Corps marched on to Ceremonial Way where they formed up in review order.

Battle of Britain Parade Newcastle

The Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Councillor Jackie Slesenger reviewed the RAF Boulmer personnel while Group Captain Atkinson reviewed the NUAS and Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland Wing Commander Harry Lowe reviewed the Air Training Corps cadets. Veterans and members of ex-Service associations also joined the parade.

Battle of Britain Parade Newcastle

The Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Lieutenant took the salute as parade personnel marched off.

Following the parade a buffet reception was held at St George's TA Centre during which
the Lord Mayor praised the efforts of the RAF during World War II and the parade personnel were congratulated for the high standard of their drill and their splendid performance on parade.

Sydney Graham, the Chairman of Royal Air Forces Association Newcastle Branch, said

"We are deeply grateful to RAF Boulmer for participating in our annual Commemoration event. Newcastle hosts the largest Battle of Britain event in the North East of England but without its support it just could not happen".

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