At the invitation of the Nottingham Branch of the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA), nearly100 Air Cadets from Nottingham and the surrounding area attended a Church Service and paraded through the centre of the City of Nottingham in Commemoration of the pivotal World War Two Victory in the Battle of Britain.
The Salute is Taken
The Church Service, led by The Reverend Christopher Harrison, was held at St Mary’s Church in the Lace Market. After the service the cadets paraded 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 Merlita Bryan, The Sheriff of Nottingham, Councillor Ian Malcolm and Wing Commander Nigel Dickinson, Officer Commanding South& East Midlands Wing, Air Training Corps (ATC).
The Nottinghamshire Army Cadet Force Corps of Drums from Clipston 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.
The Lord Lieutenant talks to a young cadet during his inspection
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, Lord Lieutenant.
The Lord Mayor of Nottingham inspects the cadets
Wing Commander Dickinson expressed his pride in the cadets “although bad weather was forecast, the cadets all turned out and showed what young people are capable of. They were smart, disciplined and a credit to the City of Nottingham. I am immensely proud of them.
The Parade was dismissed by the Parade Warrant Officer, Dan Haywood, 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.