Royal Air Force says Farewell to Andover
15 Sep 2009
The Central Band of the Royal Air Force
The Central Band of the Royal Air Force
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Jane Benson after laying a wreath
Jane Benson after laying a wreath
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On Battle of Britain Day - September 15th - the RAF put on a programme of events in Andover to mark their farewell to the town. The RAF has always enjoyed a warm relationship with the people of Andover, based upon an RAF presence in the town which began in 1918 - the year the RAF was formed. The event celebrated that relationship and shared experiences of what life in today's RAF is like. There were also memories of past times, and a chance for young people in Andover to learn more about the Armed Forces.

Wreaths were laid at the Cenotaph at St Mary's Church by Air Vice-Marshall Matt Wiles, and Jane Benson, Deputy Lieutenant, representing Dame Mary Fagan, Hampshire's Lord Lieutenant.

An Andover aircraft flew over the town, and the Central Band of the Royal Air Force played before a parade outside the Guildhall. There was a fly-past of historic aircraft, and a short service in St Mary's Churchyard.

"This was a very moving and well-organised series of events, well attended by the town, which demonstrated its support for our Armed Services. Many councillors and Freemen supported the event, and many of those who had served the country in the Armed Services attended the wreath-laying. "
 
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