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Nottingham Battle of Britain Parade

Article posted: Sep 16, 2012 by Wing Media & Comm Officer


At the invitation of the Nottingham Branch of the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA), nearly100 Air Cadets (“The Next generation”) from Nottingham and the surrounding area attended a Church Service and paraded through the centre of the City of Nottingham to Commemorate the pivotal World War Two Victory in the Battle of Britain.

The Church Service was held at St Peter’s Church followed by a parade through the centre of Nottingham to the Old Market Square where the salute was taken by The Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Sir John Peace, the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Leon Unczur, The Sheriff of Nottingham, Councillor Merlita Bryan and Wing Commander Nigel Dickinson, Officer Commanding South& East Midlands Wing, Air Training Corps (ATC).

The Nottinghamshire Army Cadet Force Corps of Drums led the Parade followed by the Royal Air Force Association 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.

Wing Commander Dickinson expressed his pride in the cadets “yet again these youngsters have turned out looking immaculate, proud and disciplined. They are a credit to themselves, their families and the City of Nottingham. If these cadets represent “The Next Generation”, we are in good hands”

The Parade was dismissed by the Parade Warrant Officer, Rob Phillips with Squadron Leader Carl Wilson, 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.