On Sunday 3rd March, a team of staff and cadets from 1F (City of Leicester) Squadron gathered together at De Montfort Hall, Leicester, to help out at the ‘Spitfire Salute’ concert performed by the Voluntary Bands of the RAF.
The concert was performed by over 150 musicians from the voluntary bands of RAF Waddington, RAF Wyton, RAF Halton, RAF Honington, RAF Cosford and RAF St Athan coming together to play music especially chosen to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Supermarine Spitfire. The bands played classic tunes based around an aerial theme including favourites such as; ‘The Dambusters’, ‘March of the RAF’ and ‘Nimrod’. The bands were accompanied by solo artists and the Royal Air Force Pipe Band Association. All proceeds from the evening were being donated to the Royal Air Force Association.
As well as the cadets enjoying the music, they were helping to sell raffle tickets, Royal Air Force Association merchandise but importantly welcoming and escorting VIP guests to their seats.
Amongst the VIP guests were the Station Commanders of the respective voluntary bands and the Commander-in-Chief Air Command, Air Chief Marshal Sir Simon Bryant. Not only did the cadets get to escort the guests but two lucky cadets were asked to help assist the organisers by presenting gifts to the solo artists.
After the concert, the Air Chief Marshal took the opportunity to talk to cadets about their experiences within the Corps and what their future prospects were. Also, before the cadets could leave, Group Captain Walcot – Station Commander RAF Brampton, Wyton , Henlow and the Air Chief Marshal both expressed their personal thanks and delight at the cadets presence and smart appearance.
Plt Off D Shuttleworth RAFVR (T)