On the 24th of June, two Air Cadets: Sgt Connor Levers from 1936 (Newton) Squadron and FS Megan Grant from 2418 (Sherwood) Squadron took part in the flag raising ceremony at Wollaton Castle to mark the beginning of Nottinghamshire hosting this year’s Armed Forces Day.
The event consisted of two Air, Army and Sea Cadets having the Armed Forces Day Flag passed to them by the veterans, who had the flag given to them by currently serving members of the British military. As the Sergeant speaking during the exchange of the flag said: “Now you see the flag being presented from the present, to the past, to the future”.
Once the flag was given to the three most senior cadets; the Sea Cadet, being the senior service, raised the flag. This was overseen by a wide range of high ranking officials, including the Lord Lieutenant and the Lord Mayor of Nottingham.
Once the formal flag raising ceremony ended, the six Cadets were invited inside for some canapés and cake. The room was full of: Officers, RAF Regiment and RAF Band members just to mention a few. The event was attended by all three services, so there was an Army and Naval presence too.
After a couple minutes inside the Castle, some of the Cadets were taken outside for Television and radio interviews. All of the Cadets present were interviewed on radio, while FS Grant and an Army Cadet Sergeant were interviewed by the BBC.
Overall I believe the event to be a very unique and memorable experience, definitely something I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
Sgt Connor Levers
1936 (Newton) Squadron
Squadron Cadet MCO