Date Published: 16 March 2018
A Royal Air Force parade wishing a fond farewell to outgoing Lord-Lieutenant of Rutland Sir Laurence Howard will form part of a special day of commemorations taking place in Oakham next weekend.
Sunday 25 March will celebrate the retirement of Sir Laurence Howard KCVO OBE after 15 years as Rutland’s Lord-Lieutenant.
Sir Laurence was appointed as Lord-Lieutenant of Rutland in 2003, serving as the Queen’s personal representative in Rutland throughout this time.
Sunday 25 March also marks the Centenary of the Royal Air Force and 90th anniversary of No 504 (County of Nottingham) Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force.
Following a service of thanksgiving at All Saints Church, there will be a parade through Oakham involving the RAF College Band, 504 Squadron and 2248 (Rutland) Squadron Air Training Corps.
The Lord-Lieutenant’s Parade will undergo inspection outside All Saints Church at around 3.30pm on Sunday, before parading down Church Street and along High Street towards the Market Place, where Sir Laurence will observe the march-past and salute the Colour.
Members of the public are invited to attend the parade on Sunday to celebrate the retirement of Sir Laurence and mark 100 years of the Her Majesty’s Royal Air Force.
To honour his retirement and in recognition of his exemplary service as Lord-Lieutenant of Rutland, Sir Laurence will also be granted Honorary Freedom of the Town of Oakham.
Former High Sheriff of Rutland Dr Sarah Furness has been appointed as the new Lord-Lieutenant of Rutland and will officially succeed Sir Laurence on 29th March 2018.