At the invitation of the Nottingham Branch of the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA), Air Cadets from Nottingham and the surrounding area attended a Service and paraded through the centre of the City of Nottingham to Commemorate the World War Two Victory in the Battle of Britain.
The Lord Mayor of Nottingham, The Sheriff of Nottingham and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Nottingham. Also in attendance was the Officer Commanding South and East Midlands Wing, Wing Commander Nigel Dickinson RAF VR(T).
After a service at St Mary’s Church, 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 Jeannie Packer and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Nottingham.
The band of the Nottingham Army Cadet Force led the Parade followed by the banners of the RAFA, other veteran associations, the banner of South and East Midland Wing, Air Training Corps (ATC) and the banners of the represented ATC Squadrons. The body of the Parade was made up of 120 Air Cadets.
Due to Nottingham’s Food and Drink Festival, space in the City’s Market Square was limited for the formal inspection by the civic party. However, the smart turn out by the cadets was commented upon and appreciated by the general public.
Squadron Leader Carl Wilson, RAFVR, Parade Commander, commented on his “pride to have led a parade of so many smart and disciplined youngsters from around the City. Nottingham should be proud”.
Cadet Warrant Officer Marie Grant of 1359 (Beeston) Squadron had the privilege of carrying the ATC Wing Banner as her last official duty before going to university.
The parade was dismissed by the Wing Warrant Officer, Rob Phillips.
Cadets represented all the Nottingham Squadrons and also from Long Eaton, Ilkeston, Stapleford, Newton and Beeston
Flt Lt Allan Munns MInstLM RAF VR(T)
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