HUNDREDS are expected to turn out as Stafford airmen march through the town on Saturday as part of Battle of Britain commemorations.
More than 50 members of the RAF’s Tactical Supply Wing, based at MOD Stafford, will be exercising their Freedom of the Borough.
The Mayor of Stafford Borough, Councillor Bryan Cross will take the salute before inspecting the airmen as part of the parade.
The parade will follow the Battle of Britain Commemoration service at St Mary’s Church, Stafford on Saturday at 10.30am.
There will be wreath-laying at the borough war memorial in Victoria Square and the county war memorial in Victoria Road before the airmen set off from Earl Street through the town centre at around 12.15pm.
The Battle of Britain Commemoration service is normally held on the Sunday but TSW requested it take place on Saturday to coincide with their Freedom Parade. Among the civic party will be Wing Commander Polly Perkins from TSW and Lt Col Ronnie Westerman, commander of MOD Stafford and 22 Signals Regiment, who will be joined by the Mayor and Vice Lord Lieutenant, Colonel Michael Beatty and The High Sheriff of Staffordshire, Sarah Elsom.
The day remembers the large-scale aerial battle in the Second World War, which took place in 1940.
Previous marches through Stafford Borough have been well supported, with hundreds turning out when HMS Collingwood exercised their Freedom of the Borough earlier this year.