On Sunday 7th June 2015, over 70 Cadets and staff from Nottinghamshire Air Cadet Units of both South & East Midlands Wing and Trent Wing combined to take a leading role in the annual Nottinghamshire Royal British Legion Parade & Service of Rededication at Southwell Minster, Southwell, Nottinghamshire. The event was organised by the Royal British Legion and focussed this year on commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, along with the 100th anniversaries of Battle of Neuve Chappelle and Gallipoli.
The South & East Midlands Wing contingent was made up of Cadets and staff from 138 (1st Nottingham) Squadron, 209 (West Bridgford) Squadron, 348 (Ilkeston) Squadron, 504 (West Nottingham) Squadron, 1359 (Beeston) Squadron, 1360 (Stapleford & Sandiacre) Squadron, 1936 (Newton) Squadron, 2195 (Long Eaton) Squadron, 2418 (Sherwood) Squadron, & 2425 (Nottingham Airport) Squadron. This was a major collaboration between Units across two Wings, which resulted in an impressive and memorable ATC presence at this very high-profile event.
ATC participation in the event was co-ordinated by South & East Midlands Wing Staff Officer Flt Lt Jodi Hudson and South & East Midlands Wing Warrant Officer WO Dan Haywood. The parade was formed under the watchful eye of FS (ATC) Kyle Crawford (1359), who took on the role of Parade Warrant Officer. The South & East Midlands Wing Banner was paraded by the winners of the recent Wing Banner Drill Competition – 1360 Sqn, with the addition of CWO Damian Simpson (2195).
The parade assembled at Southwell War Memorial, beginning with a short act of remembrance and wreath-laying ceremony before marching off through Southwell Town Centre towards the iconic Southwell Minster. As the parade approached the Minster, VIPs lead by HM Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire Sir John Peace took the salute from the dais.
Inside Southwell Minster, the congregation included senior representatives of British & Commonwealth forces, several military attaché staff from diplomatic Embassies and High Commissions in London, the High Sherriff and Civic leaders from across Nottinghamshire, as well as hundreds of attending guests. During the service, FS Jake Foster (2418) delivered the act of remembrance and Sqn Ldr Andy Pass (Deputy Wing Commander), representing OC South & East Midlands Wing, laid a wreath on behalf of the Air Training Corps.
After the service, the Lord Lieutenant, accompanied by Air Vice Marshall Robin Tuner, spent time speaking to ATC Cadets and staff in the grounds of Southwell Minster and commented on the excellent turnout of all involved.
Speaking after the event, the Parade Commander – Flt Lt Jodi Hudson (WSO), said: “each and every member of our organisation taking part in this event have done themselves and their Units proud, I am extremely grateful to everyone who has given up their time and worked hard to make today a real success”.