RAF Freedom Parade
As part of my role with Ripon Together, I attended a reception at Ripon Cathedral with Group Captain Blythe Crawford, the acting base commander of RAF Leeming. It was at this reception that he informed me of the upcoming Freedom of the City parade that was to be held in Ripon on Friday 5th July 2019. The history of RAF Leeming possessing the honorary Freedom of the City is extremely recent and dates back to 2015 when the Right Worshipful, The Mayor, Councillor Pauline McHardy, leader of Ripon City Council granted the base the honour. Since being granted the honour, RAF personnel from the various squadrons based at RAF Leeming have paraded, accompanied by the band of the RAF Regiment a total of three times. Although not attending the event in any official capacity, I enjoyed capturing these images as they tell the story of one of Ripon's more quirky events.