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'Freedom' of Brampton for the RAF

RAF troops on parade Credit: ITV Border

The Royal Air Force has been given the 'freedom' of a Cumbrian town.

Townsfolk handed over the freedom of Brampton to officers from the RAF at a ceremony in the centre of the town.

The honour was given to the RAF to mark the close relationship the community has with the nearby RAF Spadeadam training facility.

RAF Spadeadam Station Commander, Wing Commander Ruari Henderson-Begg says it's been a proud moment.

RAF Spadeadam celebrates 40th anniversary

RAF Spadeadam. Credit: ITV Border

RAF Spadeadam in Cumbria is celebrating its 40th anniversary today.

Spadeadam was taken over by the air force in 1976 and is now a major NATO training facility.

Before the RAF took responsibility for the site it played a key role in the development of Britain's Blue Streak missile during the 1950s.

Watch Paul Crone's full report to find out more about the base: