Staff and cadets from 2071 (Stamford) Squadron attended the Battle of Britain parade on Sunday 18 September which took place in the town centre of Stamford.
A memorial church service was held at All Saints Church, were the Squadron Chaplain Rev (Flt Lt) Adrian Dyer led prayers in memory of those who gave their lives in the air and on the ground, with quotes from Sir Winston Churchill. After the service the laying of wreaths took place with the Squadron wreath being laid by Cadet Tyler Clarke.
Led by a contingent of tri-service personnel from RAF Wittering, St George’s Barracks, (MoD North Luffenham), and under the strict direction of Station Warrant Officer RAF Wittering; WO Steve Poulton, the cadets proudly marched through the town, with the Squadron banner being paraded by Cadet Kieron Williams.
Cadet Williams said of his role “I was very flattered and honoured to parade the Squadron banner in front of the dignitaries, officers and the public. I felt a great sense of pride and would like the opportunity to do it again”.
Flt Lt Helen Gibson CO at 2071 Squadron said “This was a further opportunity to highlight to the cadets the achievements of our servicemen and service women during World War 2 and what this meant for our country.
It also allowed us to forge our links with the town of Stamford and our parent station Royal Air Force Wittering. Leading the cadet contingent today consisting of 2071 Squadron, the Stamford School CCF and Cadets from Lincolnshire Police was an honour for which we received laudatory comment on how turned out the cadets were”.
It was also a first time parade for Squadron Adjutant; recently appointed Officer Cadet Paul Ferguson RAF VRT. Officer Cadet Ferguson said of his first parade “It felt great being back in uniform again since hanging it up on leaving the RAF in August 1997. It brought back lots of fond memories for me, with the arms and legs all doing what they had to do, thanks to the band.
The cadets all looked very smart and it was nice to parade with our neighbours from the Stamford School CCF. I now look forward to Remembrance Sunday and the Wing Parade in November”.
By Off Cdt Paul Ferguson
2071 Sqn Adjutant