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ATC Sunday 2502 Hamilton Sqn

Article posted: Feb 08, 2013 by Sqn Ldr Utting

2502 join the ranks of Leicestershire & Rutland Cadets to celebrate ATC Sunday.
2502 (Hamilton) squadron joined 7 other Leicestershire & Rutland squadrons to celebrate ATC Sunday, the event was hosted by 1181 (Syston) Squadron on a cold and windy Sunday afternoon.

The celebration was extremely well attended with over 150 cadets and 20 uniformed members of staff.
The celebrations started with a service in St Peter & St Paul C of E Church, Syston. A guard of honour was in place for the arrival of their honoured guests, Deputy Lord-Lieutenant Colonel Martin OBE DL, Wing Commander Dickinson OBE RAFVR and The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Charnwood. The service was conducted by Rev’d Canon David White, his sermon talked about the “aggregation of marginal gains”. How making small improvements add up to a significant gain in performance and how the cadets might be able to apply this to achieve their full potential. Also a cadet from each of the squadrons took part in the service by reading out a modern version of the Lord’s Prayer. Each line of the Lord’s Prayer was separated into its own individual verse with a modern day context applied to the Prayer.

At the completion of the service the cadets and staff then proceeded outside the church to form up for the parade. Whilst the town looked on the cadets and staff paraded through High Street and Melton Road the half a mile back the cadet headquarters at Wreake Valley Academy. As the cadets paraded back into the Academy they march past the Deputy Lord-Lieutenant Colonel Martin OBE DL, Wing N Commander Dickinson OBE RAFVR and The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Charnwood who took the salute.

Deputy Lord-Lieutenant Colonel Martin OBE DL then addressed the assembled cadet and staff saying “How wonderful it is to see so many young people in uniform”. Wing Commander Dickinson OBE then followed him by saying “This is one of the largest ATC Sunday parades in the Wing and I am very proud of the standard and turn out of all the cadets”.
There was then a formal falling out of the parade followed by a reception in the headquarters.