RAF Coningsby marches with pride

RAF Coningsby Freedom of Boston parade EMN-150630-090023001
RAF Coningsby Freedom of Boston parade EMN-150630-090023001

It was with great pride and with musical support of the Band of the RAF College Cranwell, RAF Coningsby personnel marched through the streets of Boston last week, with bayonets fixed, drums beating and Colours flying.

The Freedom of the Borough of Boston was bestowed upon Royal Air Force Coningsby on May 16, 1963.

In recognition of: “The glorious achievements of the Royal Air Force in peace and war and in the desire to perpetuate the long and cordial 
relationship between the Borough and Royal Air Force Coningsby.”

This wording is taken from the Illuminated Scroll that stands in pride of place on a wall in the Officers’ Mess at RAF Coningsby, as a 
permanent reminder of this honour.

RAF Coningsby Station Warrant Officer Trevor Shippey was delighted to be involved with his very first Freedom of 
Boston Parade.

He said: “The parade personnel from RAF Coningsby are continuously busy on a daily basis supporting 
the Quick Reaction Alert aircraft.

“However, to be given the opportunity to represent RAF Coningsby marching through the centre of Boston for the Freedom of Boston Parade has been humbling.”