At the invitation of the Nottingham Branch of the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA), 120 Air Cadets from Nottingham and the surrounding area attended a Church Service and paraded through the centre of the City of Nottingham to Commemorate the World War Two Victory in the Battle of Britain.
The Church Service was held at St Mary’s Church. After the service the cadets paraded through the centre of Nottingham to the Old Market Square where the salute was taken by the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Michael Wildgust, The Sheriff of Nottingham, Councillor Leon Unczur, The Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Colonel Roger Merryweather and Wing Commander Nigel Dickinson, Officer Commanding South & East Midlands Wing, Air Training Corps (ATC).
Two Mounted City Police Riders led the parade followed by the band of the Nottingham Army Cadet Force ahead of the RAFA Banner and the Banners of the ATC Squadrons taking part. The Banner of the South & East Midlands Wing was escorted by two flights of cadets.
In front of a large crowd of shoppers and tourists the Parade formed up in front of the Council House where the cadets were inspected by the Lord Mayor, the Sheriff and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant.
The Parade was dismissed by the Wing Warrant Officer, Rob Phillips with Flight Lieutenant Phil Bannister, the Parade commander, taking the salute. The gathered crowd showed their appreciation for a tremendous parade by a generous round of applause.
Cadets represented all the Nottingham Squadrons and also from Long Eaton, Ilkeston, Stapleford, Newton and Beeston.
By Flt Lt A Munns
S&E Mids Wing MCO