Crowds watch troops on Albrighton parade

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Crowds turned out to see RAF Cosford honoured with a special march through the streets of Albrighton.

The Air Training Corps band took part in Saturday's parade, filling in for the RAF Cosford band which was unavailable on the day.

The event was attended by local dignitaries and watched by families and well-wishers, who said the band filled in excellently.

Peter Hurlstone, chairman of Donington and Boscobel Parish Council, said: "The ATC band filled in for the RAF band this year and they did an excellent job. It was really nice to have the youngsters marching down the High Street. The pavements were packed and it is a long street so there was a very good turn out."

There was a reception after the march at The Red House.

Mr Hurlstone said: "The reception after was lovely and all the flowers that were on the tables were taken up to the Donington Church and placed on the war graves there." Albrighton parish councillor Malcolm Pate said: "There were worries that it was going to rain but it didn't. There were quite a few people who turned out for the event because it's something for the whole village to come and see."

The event was created about 15 years ago when the council wanted to give RAF Cosford the freedom of the village.

Councillor Pate said: "Unfortunately, we couldn't give them the freedom because we weren't an official borough, but what we could do was allow them to march through the village whenever they wanted. Now, we work with RAF Cosford every two years to arrange the march through the village."

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