GALLERY: Visitors turn out in force for Freedom of the Town and Armed Forces Day in St Neots

11:04 09 July 2014

St Neots granting Freedom of the Town.

St Neots granting Freedom of the Town.

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Hundreds of visitors lined the streets of St Neots to see servicemen and women honoured with the Freedom of the Town at the weekend.

On Saturday, the Royal Anglian Regiment and 423rd Air Base Group of the United States Air Force were given the scrolls during a ­presentation ceremony, followed by a freedom parade and salute.

Afterwards, at Regatta Meadow, there was entertainment including a military flypast, parade and a display from pilot Mark Jefferies.

There was also a funfair, music, dog display team, a charity petanque match as well as military vehicles on show, stalls, performances from dance groups, a balloon race, archery and exhibitions.

The mayor, Councillor Andrew Hansard, said: “The whole day was absolutely fabulous. The Freedom of the Town ceremony brought people out and I haven’t seen that many people in town for a long time.

“I have had nothing but ­compliments. Many, many charity stalls raised quite a lot of money.

“Our American friends enjoyed the day. Last weekend was their Independence Day but every one of them volunteered to be there, which was great.

“The veterans enjoyed the day and we have a lot of good ideas for next year.”

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