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RAF personnel to march through Ripon

Personnel from RAF Leeming will be parading through Ripon to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

The parade, which is also be held to celebrate the North Yorkshire base being granted the Freedom of the City, will be followed by a service in Ripon Cathedral which is open to members of the public.

The parade starts at Spa Gardens at 10:15am.


Imaginarium inspires imaginations at RAF base

The Imaginarium at RAF Leeming. Credit: ITV News

Lights, splashes of colour, and lots of imagination aare brightening the lives of service families in North Yorkshire.

At RAF Leeming, near Bedale, they've created a special room where children can escape the challenges of military life.

The Imaginarium is the first of its kind in the Air Force and it is billed as a space where imaginations can run wild and friendships blossom.

Thomas Hayley and his mother, Tracy, enjoying the Imaginarium. Credit: ITV News

It's really stressful being a military kid, if your parents are away of your Mum or Dad is away, or just even moving camp so often, so we wanted to provide something that is a really calming and relaxing space where parents can bring them."

– Becki Taylor, Community Development Officer, RAF Leeming

As well as boasting a huge interactive screen, there are themed areas and lights for young children or those with additional needs to relax.

There is also space to hold singing and dancing groups.

It has been funded by charity events and a donation from the RAF Benevolent Fund,

We have a lot of time spent in readiness to deploy on operations all around the world and that is really stressful for the families and children, so to give them a place like this, the Imaginarium to come and break out do something very exciting but in a safe, cosseted environment, is really really important."

– Group Captain David Bradshaw, Station Commander

Joint military exercise underway in North Yorkshire

Merlin and Puma military helicopters Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Military aircrew from as far afield as Australia and the Czech Republic are in North Yorkshire as part of an exercise to prepare British crews for war.

Royal Air Force helicopters and fast jets are involved in the training at RAF Leeming, where pilots are gaining advanced skills in air warfare.

Czech airforce L-159 subsonic fighter jet Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
An AW101 (EH101) Merlin military helicopter Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The base was chosen because it is close to the North Sea and training areas like Otterburn.


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