On Sunday 13th November 2016, 90 cadets and staff from 422 (Corby) Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets attended the local Remembrance parade organised by the Corby branch of the Royal British Legion to honour those that made the ultimate sacrifice.
The parade, led this year by 2nd Lieutenant Chris Denton of the Corby ACF, moved from 422’s Squadron Headquarters at 10:20am, making its way to the cenotaph at St. John the Baptist Church in Corby Old Village.
The Reverend Paul Frost, Corby Squadron’s Chaplain, led the ceremony at the cenotaph, where over 40 wreaths were laid by those who wished to pay their respects. This year, 422’s wreath was laid by Cadet Joseph Curry with Cadet Courtney Curry assisting the President of the Corby Royal British Legion branch lay his.
Following the Church service and a march past back into the centre of the Old Village, the parade was dismissed and all were invited back to the Ex-Serviceman’s Club for a buffet and trophy presentation ceremony.
Every year a trophy is awarded to the youth organisation that raises the most money towards the Poppy Appeal. For the third year running, after raising over £2,000 across three consecutive weekends, 422 (Corby) Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets were presented the Lance Corporal James Ashworth VC trophy by Kerry Ashworth; Lance Corporal James Ashworth VC’s mother.
Collecting the trophy on the Squadron’s behalf were Flight Lieutenant Kev Ritchie RAFVR and Cadet Corporal Natalie Bristow.
422 (Corby) Squadron were not only in Corby remembering The Fallen, Cadet Sergeant Kamila Bell, RAF Wittering Station Commander’s Cadet accompanied the Station Commander, Group Captain Richard Pratley ADC MA* MSc BA(Hons) RAF and his team in Peterborough for their Remembrance Parade and service in the Cathedral. Sgt Bell was given the task of being the Station Commander’s Wreath Bearer, a high honour indeed.
For more information about 422 (Corby) Squadron, you can call the Squadron on 01536 601615 or visit their website at www.422corbyatc.co.uk/how-to-join.aspx.