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RAF Parade

RAF POLICE HOMECOMING PARADE THROUGH BEDFORD: SUNDAY 22 MAY 2011


On Sunday 22nd May, more than 100 Royal Air Force Police personnel will march through Bedford as they mark their return home from serving on operations around the World.

At the invitation of Bedford Borough Council, this will be the largest number of RAF Police ever to take part in a homecoming parade, and their first through Bedford since 1993.

Bedford is the recognised hometown for RAF Henlow, the Headquarters for the RAF Police, and the parade provides an opportunity for Bedford and people in the surrounding area to thank and pay respects to the personnel taking part on Sunday.

More than half of the men and women taking part have returned from Op HERRICK, representing the many different roles undertaken by the RAF Police in Afghanistan. The parade will include RAF Police Reservist personnel and four Military Working Dogs, who will follow the Band of the RAF Regiment as it leads them through Bedford town centre. 

Parade Details

On Sunday the Parade will set off from Bedford School, De Parys Avenue at 11.30am and head to the High Street, reaching the saluting dais in front of the John Howard statue at 11.50am in St. Pauls’ Square, and finishing in Harpur Square. The Lord Lieutenant, the Mayor of Bedford Borough and the Assistant Chief of the Air Staff will receive the Parade salute. This will be followed by a blessing from the RAF Padre and a short address by The Lord Lieutenant and the Assistant Chief of the Air Staff.

It is expected that representatives from the Royal British Legion, RAF Association, RAF Police Association, 134 (Bedford) Sqn Air Cadets and Bedford School CCF will be pre-positioned along the route.

Along with the Mayor, civic and military dignitaries will include Lord Stevens, the former Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and Honorary Air Commodore for No. 3 (Royal Auxiliary Air Force) Squadron, Tactical Police Wing, RAF Henlow.

Mayor of Bedford Borough Dave Hodgson commented:

“Bedford is extremely proud to host the RAF Police’s Homecoming Parade and I hope people turn out to show them their support as they march through the town.”

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