RAF takes to streets and skies on anniversary
The Royal Air Force took to the streets and the skies of Belfast in spectacular style yesterday to commemorate three special anniversaries.
Some 150 military personnel from RAF Aldergrove exercised their Freedom of the City of Belfast, which was awarded 50 years ago.
They marched through the city centre from Royal Belfast Academical Institution to St George's Parish Church in High Street yesterday for a service to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
They were joined by 100 veterans and 100 members of the Air Training Corps (ATC) which was also celebrating the 50th anniversary of its formation.
The poignant and colourful march, led by RAF Aldergrove Base Commander, Group Captain David Stubbs, saw the airmen and women form up at Belfast City Hall where Lord Mayor, Jim Rodgers, took the salute as two Tornado aircraft and Gazelle helicopters performed a fly past.
The Band of the Royal Air Force from Cranwell accompanied the marchers and the Rev Derek Weir spoke at St George's.
The parade was followed by a civic reception at the City Hall with invited VIP guests.