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Air Cadets Poppy Match Kick Off

Article posted: Nov 17, 2008 by Sqn Ldr Pass

Air Cadets from three Leicester Squadrons recently helped the Royal British Legion launch their poppy appeal in Leicestershire.

The cadets from 1F (City of Leicester), 1461 (Wigston) and 1947 (Birstall) squadrons Air Training Corps took part in a parade at Victoria Park alongside Army and Sea Cadets to remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice at the official launch of this year’s poppy appeal. The Leicestershire and Rutland Royal British Legion Pipe Band led the parade along with standard bearers from Royal British Legion Branches and ex service associations to the war memorial where they were treated to a flypast by a Dakota from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Air Cadets form the guard of honour at Leicester City’s Poppy Match to raise money for the Poppy Appeal

The next day many of the same cadets assisted at Leicester City Football clubs poppy match by selling poppies to supporters and club officials. Working alongside Army and Sea cadets, they formed a guard of honour as a Royal Air Force Squirrel Helicopter from the Defence Helicopter Flying School, landed on the centre Circle to deliver the match ball to the referee. At half time they escorted veterans around the pitch to a standing ovation from the crowd.

Helicopter from RAF Shawbury delivers the match ball prior to kick off

Flt Lt Hurst, Officer Commanding 1F squadron said “I am proud that so many cadets volunteered to give up their time to sell poppies in support of the poppy appeal. It is important that the younger generation support the good work carried out by the Royal British Legion in order to safeguard the welfare and memory of those who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces.”

By Flt Lt Hurst
OC 1F (City of Leicester) Squadron