The Band of the RAF College

On Saturday 21st April, a special parade was held in Swansea to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force. The RAF were awarded the Freedom of the City and after short ceremony outside St Mary's Church, The Band of the RAF College led over 400 RAF personnel, including members of The Queen's Colour Squadron and RAF St Athan and Air Cadets through the streets of Swansea to the Brangwyn Hall. A strong parade of Air Cadets from all over South Wales, totaling to nearly 200 then followed led by The Welsh Wing Band of 215 City of Swansea Air Cadets Corps of Drums.

The Band of the RAF College
The Band of the RAF College

The Band of the RAF College marching onto the parade.

The Band of the RAF College
The Band of the RAF College

The Band of the RAF College leading the parade to be inspected.

The Queen's Colour Squadron
The Queen's Colour Squadron

The Queen's Colour Squadron marching behind the band.

The Band of the RAF College
The Band of the RAF College

The Band of the RAF College waiting to begin the ceremony.

The Band of the RAF College
The Band of the RAF College

The Band of the RAF College performing The General Salute and inspection music which included 'The Great Escape' and 'The World In Union'

The Band of the RAF College
The Band of the RAF College

The Band of the RAF College 'stepping off' and leading the parade of over 400 personnel through the heavily lined streets of Swansea.

The Band of the RAF College
The Band of the RAF College

The Band of the RAF College Trombone section.

The Band of the RAF College
The Band of the RAF College

The Band of the RAF College French Horn section marching to 'Eagle Squadron'.

The Band of the RAF College
The Band of the RAF College

The Band of the RAF College Cornets and Clarinets.

The Band of the RAF College
The Band of the RAF College

The Band of the RAF College playing The RAF March Past, marching past Waterstones on Oxford Street.

The Band of the RAF College
The Band of the RAF College

The Band of the RAF College on Oxford Street.

The Queen's Colour Squadron
The Queen's Colour Squadron

The Queen's Colour Squadron and personel from RAF St Athan marching down Oxford Street.

The Band of the RAF College
The Band of the RAF College

The Band of the RAF College turning onto St Helen's Road.

The Band of the RAF College
The Band of the RAF College

The Band of the RAF College parading down St Helen's Road playing 'The Bond of Friendship'

The Band of the RAF College
The Band of the RAF College

The front of The Band of the RAF College marching on St Helen's Road.

The Band of the RAF College
The Band of the RAF College

The Band of the RAF College marching towards the Guildhall in Swansea

The Band of the RAF College
The Band of the RAF College

The Trombone section and Euphonium of The Band of the RAF College

The Band of the RAF College
The Band of the RAF College

The Band of the RAF College from RAF Cranwell marches towards The Brangwyn Hall in Swansea

The Band of the RAF College
The Band of the RAF College

The Band of the RAF College marches past The Swansea Guildhall, leading a parade of 400 behind them!

The Band of the RAF College
The Band of the RAF College

The Band of the RAF College marching parallel to Swansea's Brangwyn Hall where the band performed the night before.

The Queen's Colour Squadron
The Queen's Colour Squadron

The Queen's Colour on parade with The Queen's Colour Squadron at the end of the parade.

RAF St Athan
RAF St Athan

Members of RAF St Athan marching behind The Queen's Colour Squadron in this special parade through Swansea.

Air Cadet Band
Air Cadet Band
215 City of Swansea Air Cadet Band
215 City of Swansea Air Cadet Band

215 City of Swansea Air Cadet Band marching towards the Brangwyn Hall.

215 City of Swansea Air Cadet Band
215 City of Swansea Air Cadet Band

215 City of Swansea Air Cadet Band Corps of Drums.

215 City of Swansea Air Cadet Band
215 City of Swansea Air Cadet Band

215 City of Swansea Air Cadet Band's tenor drum, cymbals and bell lyres.