Events to honour 60 years of RAF Boulmer

Members of the public, military veterans and present-day members of the forcesgathered in Alnwick Market PLace to watch the raising of the flag at the start of Armed Forces week'.
Members of the public, military veterans and present-day members of the forcesgathered in Alnwick Market PLace to watch the raising of the flag at the start of Armed Forces week'.

A host of events will take place this weekend to mark Armed Forces Day and the 60th anniversary of the opening of RAF Boulmer.

Royal British Legion Northumbria is committed to holding an Armed Forces Day event in a prestigious location each year and this year Alnwick and its castle have been chosen.

On Sunday, as part of the day, RAF Boulmer will also be hosting its 60th anniversary celebrations.

At noon, regulars, reservists, veterans and cadets from all three armed forces will take part in the Armed Forces Day parade, including six flights of RAF Boulmer personnel.

The parade, led by the Band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, will start from Greenwell Road, go through Bondgate Tower and along Bondgate Within and Narrowage and into Alnwick Castle, ending at Bowburn Park.

A salute will be taken by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland, Air Vice-Marshal David Hurrell and RAF Boulmer Station Commander, Group Captain Paul Atkinson on the dais outside Lloyds Bank.

At 1pm, a tattoo will take place in Bowburn Park.

It will feature flypasts and static displays, operations permitting, an RAF Boulmer Continuity and Drill display, cadet bands, cadet gymnastics and hornpipe display, school choir and various stalls.

From 6.45pm, there will be a party in the park-style concert in the Inner Bailey at Alnwick Castle, organised by the Royal British Legion Northumbria branch.

Presented by BBC Look North weathergirl Hannah Bayman, it will feature music by the Band of Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, Northumberland Scottish Pipes and Drums and Lemington Male Voice Choir.

There will also be a flypast, subject to operations, Summon the Heroes , aSunset Ceremony and presentation of a 60th anniversary scroll.

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