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Air Cadets Remember The Battle of Britain

Article posted: Sep 15, 2008 by Sqn Ldr Pass

At the invitation of the Nottingham Branch of the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA), Air Cadets from Nottingham and the surrounding area attended a Service and paraded through the centre of the City of Nottingham to Commemorate the World war Two Victory in the Battle of Britain.

The Reverend Stephen Morris led the Service at St Mary’s Church attended by The Lord Mayor of Nottingham, The Lady Mayoress, The Sheriff of Nottingham and the Deputy Lord Leiutenant of Nottingham. Also in attendance was the Officer Commanding South and East Midlands Wing, Wing Commander Nigel Dickinson RAFVR (T).

After the service, the cadets paraded through the centre of Nottingham to the Old Market Square where the parade was inspected by the Lord Mayor of Nottingham and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Nottingham.

The Parade “Dresses Off”

The band of the Nottingham Army Cadet Force led the Parade followed by the banners of the RAFA, other veteran associations, the banner of South and East Midland Wing, Air Training Corps (ATC) and the banners of the represented ATC Squadrons. The body of the Parade was made up of 130 Air Cadets.

The Deputy Lord Lieutenant Inspects Number 4 Flight.

Squadron Leader Carl Wilson, RAFVR (T), Parade Commander, commented on his “pride to have led a parade of so many smart and disciplined youngsters from around the City. Nottingham should be proud”.

Cadet Flight Sergeant Marie Grant of 1359 (Beeston) Squadron had the privilege of carrying the ATC Wing Banner.

The parade was dismissed by the Parade Warrant Officer, ATC Sergeant Jo Fowler, the first time this post has been held by a female Senior Non Commissioned Officer.

Cadets represented all the Nottingham City Squadrons and also from Long Eaton, Ilkeston, Stapleford, Newton and Beeston.

By Flt Lt Allan Munns RAF VR(T)
Wing Media & Communications Officer