Sunday 11th November 2012 saw the biggest Remembrance Day Parade to date in Northampton. With over eleven hundred participants the parade was made up of contingents from veterans of previous conflicts, regular serving Armed forces personnel, Reservists, Cadet services linked to Armed forces (Sea, Army and Air Cadets), Police cadets, Voluntary Aid societies and many, many more. (I apologise for any I have not mentioned)
Like many Remembrance Day Parades, the Northampton parade is in distinct sections. The initial parade to the church, Church service, Act of Remembrance and laying of wreaths and then the Final parade.
All Saints Church, in the heart of the town centre, where the service takes place, seats 1100 and was full to capacity with many standing and some unable to get in at all.
Crowds were also much bigger this year which added to the sense of occasion and pride in the whole event.
As usual, 5F Squadron, had every cadet and member of staff parading whether in Northampton or at The Cenotaph in London.
5F (Northampton) Sqn stepping off at start of Remembrance Day Parade 2012
Submitted by C.I. Upton