Air Cadets shine at Nottingham’s National Armed Forces Day
The cadets march towards the crowds at Nottingham’s Market square
Nottingham’s Air Cadets joined with Veterans, Regular and Reserve Forces to form one of the biggest parades Nottingham has witnessed in many years to celebrate National Armed Forces Day.
The City of Nottingham had the honour of hosting the National Day and the Air Cadets of Nottingham were going to ensure that they would be capturing their share of the spotlight and with their Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester being in attendance, that spotlight would be more focussed.
Parading through the thronged city streets, the cadet element of the Parade that included Army and Sea cadets, were led by 1084 (Market Harborough) Squadron’s Champion Marching Band to a Drum Head Service in Nottingham’s Market Square.
The band of 1084 (Market Harborough) Sqn lead the cadet contingent
After the Service that was watched by thousands, the parade reformed and proceed through the main shopping centre of the City where flag waving crowds cheered and clapped as the marching troops and cadets passed.
A view of a portion of the crowd with the ACO stand in the background
But it was not just the parade, on Nottingham’s Victoria Embankment, the Regulars, Reservists and Cadets of all three services were on display to the huge crowd estimated at over 60,000. The Nottingham Squadrons put on a large display on behalf of the Air Cadet Organisation of the Air Cadet activities including a Flight simulator and Glider Cockpit. In addition, 126 (City of Derby) Squadron amazed the crowds around the Display Arena with their now famous Rifle Drill Display Team.
“I am so proud of each and every cadet that has taken part today”, said Wing Commander Nigel Dickinson, Officer Commanding South & East Midlands Wing, “the band of 1084 were amazing and the standard of dress, deportment and drill of those on parade was on a par with the regulars who preceded them”.
“The whole event took a lot of planning but on the day everything went like clockwork. I would like to register my thanks and appreciation to all those who took part in the parade or that stood for hours on the Stall talking to the general public. Thanks also to Derby Squadron who performed magnificently in the arena under conditions not conducive to Drill. The whole day was a huge success” said Squadron Leader Andy Pass, the Project Officer for the Cadet involvement in Armed Forces Day.