From today, all aspects of the Armed Forces are now honoured in Exeter as the Royal Marine Training Camp at Lympstone, the 243 (Wessex) Field Hospital (Volunteers), The Rifles and the Coldstream Guards all currently hold the Freedom of the City.
A ceremony took place today to mark the occasion including an RAF Hercules flypast and a salute taken by the Lord Mayor, speaking ahead of the ceremony he said:
"I am delighted that the City Council has decided to bestow the honour of the Freedom of the City on RAF Brize Norton."
"Whilst there is now little RAF presence in Exeter or even Devon, it is important to remember the role that the area had in history, including RAF Exeter which is now Exeter International Airport, as well as being a sound recruitment area."
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