Celebrating 100 years since the formation of the RAF
Members of the Armed Forces, the Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, the High Sheriff, local MPs and other dignitaries and invited guests from across the county, joined councillors and senior managers from Buckinghamshire County Council on Sunday 15 April for an afternoon of celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Royal Air Force.
The sound of military bandsmen resounded through Chesham town centre as crowds lined the streets to watch. Events began with personnel from RAF Halton forming a Guard of Honour at the War Memorial in the High Street and laying a wreath.
Led by the Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment and carrying the Queen's Colour Standard (flag) the Guard of Honour then marched along the High Street towards the Clock Tower where they were greeted by HM Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher who took the General Salute.
Sir Henry was joined on the dais by Patricia Birchley, the Chairman of Buckinghamshire County Council, Group Captain Woods, Station Commander RAF Wycombe and Wing Commander Karen Moran, Deputy Station Commander RAF Halton. The Guard of Honour then marched back along the High Street to the war memorial.
The Queen's Colour Standard was presented to RAF Halton by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall on a visit to Buckinghamshire last year.
Following the parade a church service organised by Buckinghamshire County Council took place in St Mary's Church.
Patricia Birchley, Chairman of Buckinghamshire County Council commented after the day's events: "What a wonderful and fitting way to mark such an important milestone in our country's military history. Buckinghamshire has a long held association with the Royal Air Force. We may only have RAF Halton and RAF High Wycombe remaining but the county has been home to 16 different air bases.
"Today's celebrations have been about commemorating the great work done by all those who have served in the Royal Air Force since it was founded in 1918 and also looking forward to the future and all those who will serve under it, protecting our Queen and country for the next 100 years."