PERSONNEL from RAF Leeming have exercised their right to march through a North Yorkshire town.

The station celebrated its links with the local community at the Freedom of Northallerton Parade and display of Illuminated Address.

The honour was presented to RAF Leeming in 1978 as a permanent record of the links, goodwill, friendship and excellent relationships with the town of Northallerton.

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Following a service in All Saints’ Church, personnel proceeded to march along Northallerton High Street, accompanied by the Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment.

The biennial event was marked by a flypast of four Hawk jets from 100 Squadron, based at RAF Leeming.

Sergeant Steve Pullan, 38, serves with 1 Squadron Tactical Communications Wing, 90 Signals Unit.

Originally from Harrogate, he was parading in his local area for the first time. He said: “I’ve not done anything like this for about four years and I was a bit rusty when we started rehearsing but it soon comes back to you.

“Taking part in a parade does make you feel proud, and it definitely makes a difference if a good number of people turn out to support us.”