Cadets and staff from 1936 (Newton) Squadron paraded simultaneously at two Remembrance Day events on Sunday 13th November, in Orston and Radcliffe-On-Trent, supporting both of its local branches of the Royal British Legion.
The Squadron has been duel-parading on Remembrance Sunday since 2009, ensuring that the “footprint” of the Air Training Corps, as well as the Royal Air Force, is seen throughout the local community. In addition, 1936 (Newton) Squadron has been keen to strengthen ties with the Royal British Legion, through a formal affiliation and various fund-raising activities over the past few years.
The Squadron Commander, Flt Lt Jodi Hudson, accompanied by Sgt (ATC) Dan Finch and Sgt (ATC) Sarah Hughes, along with a 20 strong contingent of Cadets, took part in the Radcliffe-On-Trent Parade. At the same time, the Deputy Squadron Commander, Plt Off Helen Day, accompanied by Sgt (ATC) John Greasley, with a further 20 Cadets took part in the Orston Parade. Civilian staff, Civilian Committee members and parents also attended at both parade locations.
At the Radcliffe-On-Trent parade, the Squadron Banner was carried by Sgt Guyle Wilson, with Cpl Joseph Evett and Cpl James McHarg as escorts. At the Radcliffe War Memorial, Flt Lt Jodi Hudson and Sgt (ATC) Dan Finch laid a wreath on behalf of 1936 (Newton) Squadron. The honour of carrying the Royal British Legion Woman’s Section Standard fell to FS Vicki Sherwin, who was delighted to undertake this privileged role at the parade. During the Church service, Flt Lt Jodi Hudson and FS Tom Dodge delivered readings. The Squadron Commander then joined the Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, Cllr Kay Cutts, along with other civic dignitaries, in taking the salute during the march-past.
In Orston, Plt Off Helen Day undertook the important role of Parade Commander, leading the 1936 Squadron Cadet contingent, as well as the other organisations present, through the ceremonial aspects of the event. The church service was lead by the Rev Karl Pryzwala, who is also Squadron Padre at 1936. Plt Off Helen Day laid a wreath on behalf of 1936 (Newton) Squadron. The Squadron Chairman, Mrs Janet Greasley, was also in attendance at Orston. Following the church service, the salute was taken by Cllr Martin Suthers, Deputy Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council.
Speaking after the events of Remembrance Sunday, Flt Lt Jodi Hudson (OC 1936) said; “The Squadron’s participation at both parades was extremely well received by the Royal British Legion and the local community alike. The Cadets of 1936 Squadron performed exceptionally well in Orston and Radcliffe-On-Trent, ensuring that the Unit significantly complimented the Remembrance Day commemorations at both locations.”
By Flt Lt J Hudson
OC 1936 Sqn