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1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron Air Cadets plays at Londons Cenotaph

Article posted: May 05, 2016 by Flt Lt Rayson-Flynn

As part of the St Georges Celebrations one very talented Air Cadet from Newhall travelled to London with the National Marching Band Team in order to take part in a ceremony at the National Cenotaph. Cadet Sergeant Isobel Hughes from 1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron played the last post as the wreath was laid as a mark of respect to all those soldiers’ sailors and airmen who have been lost in war.

Squadron Leader Sue Leighton the Air Cadet Project Officer for Music Services said “The National Marching Band led the St Georges Day Wreath Laying Ceremony in Whitehall where The Last Post and Rouse were played by Cadet Sergeant Isobel Hughes from 1211 Swadlincote Squadron. This is one very special enthusiastic young lady and it is a pleasure to work with her.as her playing was faultless.)

Here are some of the comments from staff at the ceremony:-

Outstanding Last Post – well done. Former Chief Technician Harding who served with the RAF Music branch

Well done. Lovely sound and brilliant composure – Flight Lieutenant Harris who teaches the brass section of the Marching Band

Excellent – Very Professional – Squadron Leader Bell – Director of Music, Training

One word – Fantastic – Squadron Leader White, Director of Music, Marching Band

Swadlincote’s own Director of Music Matt Leedham told us, “Our Cadets band are one of the leading Marching Bands in the UK and we are particularly proud of Sergeant Hughes who is now acknowledged as the leading trumpeter within the Organisation”


Photograph provided courtesy of Squadron leader Philip Jones RAFVR

Squadron Commander Alyn Thompson added, “South Derbyshire can be very proud of this young lady who has played at this most important location, the main focus of every national moment of thanksgiving, where Royalty and Prime ministers pay their respects. As her Squadron Commander I can only say that she has represented both the Squadron and Community with dignity and professionalism.”

Squadron Leader Alyn Thompson
OC 1211 Sqn