On Monday 4th June Newton were asked to provide a contingent of Cadets to be part of a parade comprising Army Cadet Band, Army Cadets and Royal British Legion members. The parade was to escort the junior Prince & Princess who were to alight from the Grantham Train and were taken by pony and trap to the Whatton & Aslockton Cricket Field. Many parents and friends lined the route all waving flags. On arrival at the Cricket Field, Cllr Jackie Marshall from Rushcliffe Borough Council opened the proceedings and the Union Jack was raised by the Army Cadet Colour Party.
There then followed a display of maypole dancing from pupils at Archbishop Cranmer Primary School and music from Ilkeston Brass Band.
A Lancaster aircraft from the BBMF made two passes over the field at 1.50 pm which caused much excitement.
Four Cadets entered the “Its a Knockout Competition” and were one of the five teams, two adult and three youth groups, one representing the local pub (these men were dressed as women), one from the Cranmer Group (led by our Padre!), Whatton Youth Club, Aslockton Youth Football Club and ourselves.
The teams of each had to complete eight different component games all involving tactics, teamwork, strategy, balance and skill – two involved carrying water! After an exciting programme of games each lasting eight minutes the points were added up by the adjudicators – it was close but the Jubilee Cup was won by Aslockton Football Club. The Cadets came fourth but had thoroughly enjoyed the competition and were delighted to have beaten their Padre’s team!
There followed a disco for the children by DJ Nigel and a later one for the adults with “Loose Chippings” after which the Ilkeston Brass played a selection of music from Last Night of the Proms. Cllr Martin Suthers OBE proposed the Loyal Toast and the National Anthem was sung led by Mezzo Soprano Tanya Pearce. At the end the Union Flag was lowered by Sgt (ATC) John Greasley from 1936 Sqn and the Jubilee Beacon lit.
Mrs Janet Greasley
1936 Sqn Civ Com Chairman