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Hundreds line streets for RAF parade

RAF Waddington exercised its right to the freedom of Lincoln this morning - with a parade through the city.

Hundreds of people lined the streets in the pouring rain to see the freedom parade return for the first time in four years, to celebrate it's fifty fifth anniversary.

A planned flypast had to be called off because of the weather but that wasn't enough to dampen the spirits.

Group Captain Rich Barrow, the Station Commander for RAF Waddington told ITV Calendar News that history seems to have repeated itself.

Troops march to commemorate freedom of city

RAF Waddington will exercise its right to the Freedom of Lincoln today, marking the occasion with a parade 55 years to the day since the Station was granted the Freedom of the City by the City Council.

RAF Waddington to march through Lincoln
RAF Waddington to march through Lincoln

The Freedom of the City, in military terms, is an honour conferred by a city council upon a military unit, which grants the unit the privilege of marching into the city, “with drums beating, colours flying and bayonets fixed.”

RAF Waddington to march through Lincoln
RAF Waddington to march through Lincoln

The honour is usually bestowed upon local regiments in recognition of their dedicated service, and it is common for military units to periodically exercise their Freedom by arranging a parade through the city.

Drones keep our soldiers 'away from battlefield'

The attacks by soldiers in Lincolnshire operating planes three and a half thousand miles away in Afghanistan need to be less secretive according to a new government report into the UK's use of armed drones.

Campaigners argue controllers at RAF Waddington are dangerously detached from reality,. But MPs say remotely-operated aircraft keep our service personnel away from the battlefield. Emma Wilkinson reports.


RAF Waddington spy plane headed for Ukraine crisis

A spy plane from RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire is to carry out reconnaissance flights over Poland and Romania as part of NATO's monitoring of the crisis in neighbouring Ukraine.

ITV Yorkshire

The AWAK jet, which has a single pilot, will be part of the NATO monitoring team being deployed in response to the incursion by Russian troops into the Crimea region of Ukraine.

£35 million to be spent rebuilding RAF Waddington runway

The Ministry of Defence is investing £35 million to re-build the runway at RAF Waddington which they say will extend the runway’s operational life by a further 25 years.

ITV Yorkshire

Re-building and extending the runway is the first major upgrade work carried out at the base since the 1960s.

Work starts in July and is expected to be completed by late summer 2015. During the rebuild period the stations aircraft will temporarily relocate to alternative operating bases across the County.

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