On Sunday 14 November 2010 at Victoria Park, Leicester, 28 Air Cadets and 6 members of Staff plus the squadron mascot Jake the Alsatian dog from 1F (City of Leicester) Air Training Corp’s Squadron joined approximately 250 other uniformed personnel representing all the three Services. Royal Navy, The British Army and the Royal Air Force plus other non military services from the Home Office Police Force, The Fire Brigade, The Saint John’s Ambulance Brigade and the Scouts, in a parade to remember Britain’s fallen Heroes.
Although the weather was cold on the day, the sky was clear and the rain stayed away. The service went ahead and was conducted in a respectful and dignified manner. Over 3500 people attended the service most wrapped up warmly for the day. The service was conducted by the Bishop of Leicester, The Right Reverend Tim Stevens. The service was also attended by local dignitaries including the Lord Mayor of Leicester, The Lord Lieutenant’s Deputy and the Chief Constable of the Leicestershire Police Force.
The Cadets enjoyed the service and it brought home to the Cadets and the congregation the multiracial nature and build up of Leicester. It was a very touching experience to listen to all the different faiths offering the prayers in their own customs. Although all different the repeated theme was one of peace and respect.
Cadet Kyle Kirkland said that “It was hard work on the parade but it was great fun and It was great to see all the different faiths together all saying the same things and remembering the soldiers from the wars. I was surprised when all the people clapped as we marched past the Cenotaph but it was a really lovely feeling”. The Air Cadet contingent of the parade was lead by Flt Lt Aimee Hurst, OC 1F who said “I was very proud of the effort that was put into the parade by the Cadets and Staff.”
Picture shows 1F Marching through the Streets of Leicester
Pilot Officer D Shuttleworth
1F (City of Leicester Squadron)