Representatives from 2071 (Stamford) Squadron, 1181 (Syston) Squadron, 2428 (Rutland) Squadron & 1279 (Melton) Squadron were on parade on Wednesday 13 June 2012, in the town of Stamford.
They joined thousands of people who lined the streets to welcome Her Majesty The Queen, who was visiting the town as part of her Jubilee celebrations. The staff and cadets were positioned opposite the Stamford War Memorial on Broad Street, joining members of the local Royal British Legion who paraded their standards.
The Red Arrows provided a ‘fly past’ over the Town and the Blades Aerobatic Display Team displayed over Burghley House for the Royal Party.
Co-ordinating the visit was Pilot Officer Paul Ferguson, 2071 (Stamford) Squadron Adjutant said of the visit “Firstly I would like to thank the various Squadron Officers, Staff and Cadets who attended and supported 2071(Stamford) Squadron. Due to exams and the fact we had just had school half-term the majority of our Cadets were unable to get time off school. We then decided to invite colleagues from other Squadron’s and those within reasonable travelling distance to Stamford.
We were positioned at a strategic point on the route of the Royal visit with our colleagues from the local branch of the Royal British Legion. On passing Her Majesty gave us all a very nice smile and wave which made the wait very worthwhile. The cadets all looked very smart and were a credit to their individual Squadron’s and the South & East Midlands Wing”.
The event was very well publicised on the local news and in both the Peterborough Evening Telegraph & Stamford Mercury.
By Plt Off Paul Ferguson