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Leicestershire and Rutland cadets and staff turned out in force to commemorate Battle of Britain Sunday.

Article posted: Nov 01, 2012 by Sqn Ldr Utting

The Melton Mowbray Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) held their annual Battle of Britain Commemorations. The day started with the warmth of the early autumn sun shining on the parade as it formed up to pay their respects to “The Few”.

The parade was well attended with many representatives from the local community, including veterans and members of the Melton and Rutland RAFA Branches, Royal Air Force Police section from the Defence Animal Centre, The Royal British Legion and representatives from the mayor’s office, the local polish community, the Melton Town Estate and the local police commissioner.

The younger generation was well represented by a large contingent of over 60 Air Training Corps cadets and Combined Cadet Force cadets and staff. Squadrons represented were 1279 (Melton Mowbray), 2248 (Oakham), 2502 (Hamilton) squadrons Air Training Corps and Ratcliffe College Combined Cadet Force.

The parade marched through the town centre watched by crowds of local people on its way to the Memorial Gardens. Once there a short service was held and wreaths were laid to remember those who lost their lives in the Battle of Britain.

“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by many to so few”, Winston Churchill

The parade then marched back through the town to do a formal dismiss of the parade in front of the crowds of on lookers.

The day was then finished off with an evening service held at Sage Cross Methodist Church, attended by HM Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire Jennifer, Lady Gretton and representatives from the local community. The Banners of the RAFA Branch, The Royal British Legion, 1279 (Melton Mowbray) & 2502 (Hamilton) Squadron Air Training Corps were paraded through the Church. To conclude the day the Melton Mowbray RAFA Club held a reception for all the guests after the service.

Brenda Cox the Wings co-ordinator for the Branch said “It’s been a very good day, even the weather has kept fine for us. It’s really great to see the numbers of cadets growing every year“