10 Cadets and 1 staff member from 504 (West Nottingham) Squadron recently joined the West Indies Ex-Servicemen Association on celebration of the Jamaican Independence Day.It began with a Service at St Mary’s Church in Nottingham, were the Cadets formed a Guard of honour for the Ex-Serviceman’s and for 504 (West Nottingham) Squadrons Standards. Afterward the Cadets were invited to join everyone else from the service at the local community centre, were the cadets experienced a typical Jamaican meal.
504 (West Nottingham) Squadron have been invited to this event for the past few years, due a connection through the Squadron’s former Warrant Officer, Jim Dennis, himself a member of the West Indies Ex-Serviceman’s Association.
Cadet Corporal Wells, who carried 504 Squadron’s Standard said ‘I found the day interesting. It was nice to see another culture and be part of their celebration of independence.’
Pilot Officer Rudd, an officer at 504 Squadron who accompanied the cadets on the day said ‘The Cadets looked very smart throughout the day and received many complements. Most of them said how much they had enjoyed the day.’
By Pilot Officer Rudd RAF VR(T)
504 (West Nottingham) Squadron