Helston came to a standstill last week as sailors and airmen from RNAS Culdrose paraded through the streets.
The Annual Freedom of Helston Parade brought children and adults onto the streets to line the ceremonial route. Friends and families of those proudly marching through the town , with their ‘swords drawn, bayonets fixed, bands playing and colours flying’.
The parade had earlier been inspected by the Mayor of Helston, Councillor Gillian Geer, who was accompanied by Sub Lieutenant Dave Andrew, the Parade Commander and Captain Dan Stembridge, Commanding Officer RNAS Culdrose.
Gillian Geer said: “Helston places a great value on family and indeed Culdrose and the town are one big family. Over the years we have been proud of your work since 1947 and are proud to work, to live and play with you in our community. The freedom of our town confirms it. Thank you all for being part of the Helston family over the years and for parading today in such style to celebrate our relationship.”
The Freedom of the Borough of Helston was bestowed on HMS Seahawk in 1958, and RNAS Culdrose annually exercises this right.