South and East Midlands Wing Cadets from five squadrons across Northamptonshire have joined with veterans and serving heroes in celebrating the Cadet 150 and VE Day with an impressive parade through the streets of Northampton. Cadets from Corby, Northampton, Rushden, Kettering and Wellingborough joined forces in an inspiring show of marching and banner drill. Young and old were united as musicians from cadet and veteran bands offered ceremonial displays of bandsmanship whilst on-lookers gathered.
The remarkable spectacle of marching and music were followed by a service at Northampton All Saints Church in memory of the generations of Northamptonshire heroes who have given their lives for their country. The respectful Air Cadets bowed their heads and dipped their Squadron banners in a fitting tribute to the fallen.
The Cadets from the three forces involved in the Northamptonshire Cadet 150 parade totalled around one hundred and there was a distinct sense among them not only of pride in our nation’s past, but also of excited anticipation for the bright futures ahead of them.
Royal Air Force veteran, and now Corby Air Cadet Instructor, Civilian Instructor Mike Loy said, “It was absolutely fantastic to see the young people of Northamptonshire showing such pride in the Air Training Corps. The Air Cadet Organisation is an asset to our society and long may it continue to serve the fine youth of Great Britain.”
Cadet Fraser Gillan (14) of 422 Squadron said, “The parade was just brilliant. It was really important to remember the heroes from the war but it was also a great opportunity to be proud of the Air Cadets.”