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Crowds out for special homecoming parade

by Kate Prout

There's been a special homecoming in the west Norfolk town of Downham Market. Military personnel from nearby RAF Marham paraded through the streets before receiving medals for their latest tour of Afghanistan.

The crowds had more to cheer than usual with the announcement this week that the future of the airbase has been secured until 2040.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Kate Prout:

RAF Marham on parade in Downham Market

Members of 9 Squadron RAF Marham on parade in Downham Market, Norfolk Credit: ITV Anglia

RAF Marham's 9 Squadron have held a homecoming parade and medal ceremony in Downham Market, Norfolk. Personnel marched through the town before receiving their medals for their recent deployment to Afghanistan.

The parade comes just days after the Ministry of Defence announced Marham would be home for the RAF's new Joint Strike Fighters securing the future of the station.

Members of 9 Squadron RAF Marham gather for a medal ceremony in Downham Market, Norfolk Credit: ITV Anglia

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Homecoming parade for RAF Marham personnel

Armed service personnel ar RAF Marham Credit: ITV News

This afternoon RAF Marham's 9 Squadron will be holding their homecoming parade and medal ceremony.

Personnel will march through Downham Market in Norfolk, before receiving their medals for their recent deployment to Afghanistan.

It comes just days after the MoD announced Marham would be home for the RAF's new Joint Strike Fighters

Good news for RAF staff

The future of one of the biggest RAF bases in our region has been secured safeguarding thousands of jobs.

RAF Marham in Norfolk had been at risk of closure after it was revealed the Tornado fleet, which is based there, would be taken out of service in 2017.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond made the announcement that RAF Marham would be home to the new joint strike fighter warplane - ensuring it will be operational for at least 20 years.

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