His Worship the Mayor, Mr Christian Santos GMD conferred the Freedom of The City of Gibraltar upon the Royal Air Force. The conferment was moved by the Chief Minister, the Hon Fabian Picardo QC MP, and was unanimously approved at the Session of Parliament held on 15th June 2018.
His Worship presented the Freedom Scroll to Air Vice Marshal Richard Maddison OBE MA RAF, at the Ceremony which took place on Saturday 18th September 2021 at John Mackintosh Square.
His Excellency the Governor, Vice Admiral Sir David Steel KBE, DL, Chief Minister The Hon Fabian Picardo QC MP, and Commander British Forces Gibraltar, Commodore Steve Dainton CBE, were present at the Ceremony. Family members of the personnel on parade were also invited to witness the historic moment.
Serving members of the RAF paraded during the Ceremony in the Square, which concluded with His Worship the Mayor and Air Vice Marshal Maddison receiving a salute from the parading service men and women as they marched past Parliament. Those parading included members of RAF Gibraltar, as well as The Queen’s Colour Squadron, 32 (The Royal) Squadron, 4624 (Reserve) Squadron, Gibraltar Air Training Corps and the Number 2 (Overseas) Squadron.
They were accompanied by The Band and Corps of Drums of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment. The Royal Air Force exercised their right to The Freedom of The City of Gibraltar by continuing their march along Main Street.
At a reception at City Hall after the Ceremony, the Chief Minister presented AVM Maddison with the Gibraltar Medallion of Honour and Certificate, and a memento to mark the occasion.