On Sunday 19 June 2011, a contingent of staff & cadets from 2071 (Stamford) Sqn were formally invited to take part in the newly appointed Mayor of Stamford’s first official church parade and blessing.
The flight which was commanded by Squadron CO, Flt Lt VR (T) Helen Gibson, formed up outside the Stamford Town Hall alongside members of the Stamford Branch Royal British Legion, which the Squadron has close links with. The Squadron standard was paraded by Cpl Jordan Brackpool.
Led by the Stamford Brass Band, the parade marched through the Town to St. John’s Church were a service was held to welcome the new Mayor. Also in attendance were other civic and military dignitaries including the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Mr Tony Worth.
Once the service was over the Mayor, civic guests and parade reformed for the march back to the Town Hall, where the Lord Lieutenant took the salute.
Flt Lt Gibson said “It was a great honour for the Squadron to receive the invitation to be part of the Mayor’s first ever parade, which has strengthened our links with the Town Council. 2071 (Stamford) Sqn are known as ‘The Mayor’s Cadets’ in the Town, an honour which dates back to 1986, when the Mayor at that time was a former 2071Sqn cadet.
All of the cadets thoroughly enjoyed the event and we received laudatory comment from a number of the guests including the Chairman of South Kesteven District Council – Mr Mike Cook who commented on how well turned out the cadets were”.
The picture shows the parade marching past the Town Hall with the Lord Lieutenant taking the salute, including Cpl Brackpool with the other Standard Bearers outside the entrance to St. John’s Church, Stamford.
By CI Paul Ferguson
2071 Sqn Adjutant