Crowds line the streets for spectacular Freedom Parade

RAF Halton parade through Hemel Hempstead). 'Picture by Mark Bannister

RAF Halton parade through Hemel Hempstead). 'Picture by Mark Bannister

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A Spitfire flypast was just one feature of a spectacular parade on Sunday.

Roads were closed for the occasion as residents flocked to watch the special parade.

Spitfire flypast at RAF Halton Freedom Parade. Picture by Simon Belson

Spitfire flypast at RAF Halton Freedom Parade. Picture by Simon Belson

RAF Halton was marching through Hemel Hempstead, to exercise its right to the Freedom of the Borough.

RAF Halton was the first regiment to receive the honour of the Freedom of the Borough of Dacorum.

Led by The Band of The Royal Air Force Regiment, the parade set off from the Old Town High Street at 11.15am, pausing at St Mary’s Square for a military Spitfire flypast over St Mary’s Church.

Following addresses by Mayor of Dacorum Allan Lawson and RAF Halton Station Commander Adrian Burns, the parade continued down the high street, past the the Civic Centre.

RAF Halton Freedom Parade. Picture by Francis Whittaker

RAF Halton Freedom Parade. Picture by Francis Whittaker

Here, the station commander, the mayor and the chief executive of Dacorum Borough Council, Sally Marshall, were saluted as the parade continued on to Dacorum Way.