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Battle of Britain Parade - Leicester

Article posted: Sep 18, 2011 by Sqn Ldr Mayoh-Smith

Staff and cadets from Leicester Squadrons (1F, 1188, 1461,1947, 2070, and 2229) Squadrons attended the Battle of Britain parade on Sunday 18 September which took place at Victoria Park Cenotaph where the laying of the wreaths took place.

A service of thanksgiving and rededication to commemorate the 71st Anniversary of the Battle of Britain was held at St James the Greater London Road, Leicester. Readings were read by the Lord Mayor of Leicester, Councillor Robert Wann and Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, The Lady Gretton. Sgt Bethany Quayle and Cadet Ashton Shaw recalled the Battle of Britain, where the very future of our Island nation hung in the balance as pilots of the RAF struggled in the skies above their countrymen to withstand the German Luftwaffe’s onslaught. The Address was given by Mrs. Jane Easton, Secretary General Royal Air Force Association.

The Parade was led by 1F City of Leicester Squadron’s band and under the direction of Warrant Officer Mark Butler.

The cadets proudly marched through the town, with all the Squadron banners being paraded and even cadets assisted by carrying banners for some of the local RAFA Branches.

Squadron Leader Sarah Mayoh-Smith Wing Staff Officer said the cadets were a credit to the Wing. The Lady Gretton afterwards commented how smart they were and every member of the Air Cadet Organisation was in step!! She was extremely proud to be associated with them.

The day was however, one of reflection, pride and honouring the sacrifice of a previous generation, many of which were the same age as our older cadets, who stood tall in the face of great danger and adversity. It can certainly be said that the ‘few’ of the South and East Midlands Wing stood tall in honouring the ‘few’ of 1940.