A FLYPAST by aircraft of 32 (The Royal) Squadron signified the end of an era at RAF Uxbridge today.

The official closing of the base was marked with a series of events this afternoon, attended by Air Officer Commanding 2 Group, Air Vice Marshall Hillier, mayor of Hillingdon, councillor Shirley Harper-O’Neill, former servicemen and women, and other VIP guests.

Following an inspection of the parade by Air Vice Marshall Hillier, the Central Band of the RAF performed a musical display, and a spitfire roared overhead, before the Ensign was lowered for the last time.

The Ensign was presented to the reviewing officer, and the Freedom of the Borough, which was granted to RAF Uxbridge 50 years ago, was officially returned to the London Borough of Hillingdon.

The mayor of Hillingdon unveiled a blue plaque at the entrance to the officers’ mess, commemorating Douglas Bader, the Battle of Britain fighter, who lost both his legs in a flying accident.

The historic base will now be redeveloped by VSM Estates, which plans to build 1,425 homes, as well as a theatre, hotel, and shops.