The Squadron rembers

Over a busy Remberence weekend the Squadron played a full part in both the local and national events. Whilst cadets where collecting for the Poppy Appeal in Loughton on the Saturday 8 Cadets were part of the Lord Mayors Show Parade in the City of London in the London Wing Marching Contingent (Cdts Cooney and Russell-White being 2nd and 4th in the photo) whilst Sgt Luke Thompson and Cpl Finlay Bliss where honoured to be part of the Cadet 150 Guard of Honour for the new Lord Mayor, inspected by him live on BBC1. Meanwhile WO Phil Wright and CWO Alex Dutch where taking part in the annual Festival of Remberence at the Royal Albert Hall in the presence of the Queen, as part of the ATC contingent. Alex was visible fleetingly on TV during the three cheers for the Queen at the end of the event.

On Sunday the Sqn had 4 cadets at the Cenotaph in Whitehall as part of the London Wing parade party, marching past the Cenotaph and onto Horse Guards parade. Meanwhile 65 Cadets joined with 2324 (Chigwell) Sqn for the remberence parade at Loughton (shwon above), with over 100 cadets being on parade. For the first time in 20 years it was a wet parade, and all ranks got soaked, although this inconvenience was bourne with stoicism as they remembered the sacrifices of those who fell for their country. Meanwhile another 30 Cadets paraded at Wanstead War memorial, which has a special meaning for the Sqn as ex cadet Royal Marine Tom Curry’s name is on the memorial, Tom having been killed in action in Afghanistan in 2007. The OC Sqn Ldr Godden said “Remberence is a duty which we owe to those who have made the supreme sacrfice, and it is fitting that we parade rain or shine each year to fufil that duty”.