Film ID:
YFA 4672

FREEDOM OF THE BOROUGH OF BEVERLEY TO RAF LECONFIELD

1968

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Description

This is a film of the presentation of the Freedom of the Borough of Beverley to the Royal Air Force Station, Leconfield, on Thursday, 2nd May, 1968.  The ceremony in the Council Chambers is addressed by Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Merlin Rees, and a parade takes place in the Saturday Market Place.

The film begins showing the brochure for the presentation of the Freedom of the Borough of Beverley to the Royal Air Force Station, Leconfield, on Thursday, 2nd May, 1968, at 2-45 pm at the Market Place, with Ernest Bailey as the Town Clerk.  The scroll bearing the Freedom is shown to the camera.  On the appointed day, the RAF erect stands in the Saturday Market Square in front of the Playhouse.  The ceremony takes place in the Council Chambers.  The Leeds South MP Merlin Rees gives a speech. 

Following the ceremony, there is a formal dinner in Fleming House.  People have lined the pavements of the Market Square where the RAF arrive with a marching band.  There is a stand for the local dignitaries.  The men of the Queen’s Colour and Regiment take up positions to present arms as the Mayor arrives and inspects the parade.  The Town Clerk reads the deed of grants, followed by the Mayor giving a speech.  People watch from the overlooking windows.  The scroll and casket are handed over and paraded.  There is a fly past of RAF planes and helicopters.  They then march off, watched by a large crowd, through the town, past St Mary’s Church and the Minster. The Mayor is presented a model of a silver jet.

The End