Sunday 14th November saw 1936 (Newton) Squadron carry out its annual act of remembrance, honoring the fallen British service men and women from previous and current conflicts.
Squadron Commander, Flt Lt Jodi Hudson, assisted by Sergeant (ATC) Robin Hayman took part in a service of remembrance at the local parish church in Radcliffe-On-Trent in Nottinghamshire, before parading with a contingent of Cadets at the main memorial in the town centre.
Flt Lt Jodi Hudson participated in the laying of a wreath, along with other civic dignitaries including the leader of Nottinghamshire Country Council, Cllr Kate Cutts.
Proudly carrying the Squadron Banner in Radcliffe-On-Trent was Sgt Kieran Robinson, while for the first time FS Tamara Swales carried the branch standard of the Women’s Section of the local Royal British Legion.
This was the second year that members of the squadron had paraded in Radcliffe-On-Trent and continued the decades old link between the town and the Royal Air Force. Members of the RAF had always paraded in Radcliffe-On-Trent each year until the closure of RAF Newton 10 years ago. The presence of Cadets and staff at the parade was well received by civic officials and the local population alike.
For the first time, a contingent from 1936 Squadron were invited to attend the Remembrance Day parade and church service in the ancient Nottinghamshire village of Whatton, birth place of the Tudor Arch Bishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer.
Representing OC 1936 at this parade was Plt Off Helen Day, who laid a wreath inside the church. Squadron Warrant Officer, WO Rob Phillips, undertook the role of Parade Marshal and along with Sgt (ATC) John Greasley led the contingent of Cadets from 1936 Squadron at the parade and service, which was held at the 13th Century church of St John of Beverley.
The service was solemn and intimate, lending a special feeling to the occasion. Presiding over the service and proudly wearing his family medals from World War II was 1936’s own Squadron Padre, the Reverend Karl Przywala, in what was his first Remembrance Day service. Singing in the choir, was the Squadron Chairman, Mrs Janet Greasley.
Peter Berry, of the Royal British Legion said: “Thank you for parading a splendid cadre of Cadets in Whatton. They looked smart and their drill and bearing were both immaculate, and much commented upon by members of the congregation.”
Flt Lt Jodi Hudson, OC 1936 Squadron, commented after the parades: “Our Cadets displayed the highest standards at both Radcliffe-On-Trent and Whatton, to be a part of both parades was a real honour for all of us at 1936 Squadron. I am extremely proud of all our Cadets and staff, their commitment and dedication ensured that 1936 Squadron provided a fitting and memorable presence on Remembrance Day in our local community.”
By WO R.C. Phillips
1936 Squadron MCO & WWO