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MoD thanks town for its support

An appreciation parade is to be held in Wootton Bassett, in Wiltshire, to thank locals for their support when troops killed in service are brought home.

Up to 1,000 residents turn out to pay their respects when funeral corteges of personnel repatriated through RAF Lyneham pass through the town.

The airbase is to organise a special parade, on behalf of the Ministry of Defence (MoD), for 12 October.

Marching bands and a C130 Hercules flypast are also planned.

Town mayor Mike Leighfield said: "I really am honoured that they should consider doing this because we don't do it for any recognition.

"But to be honoured in this way, words fail me, I think it's absolutely amazing."

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