Cadets and Staff from 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron attended the annual Armistice Parade held in Bedworth on Tuesday 11th November. The Squadrons band had the honour of leading the cadet contingent of the parade through the streets of Bedworth. The marching order of this element of the parade however is not as one would expect. For several years a large contingent from the Parachute Regiment Association has insisted on falling in behind the cadet band so that they can sing along with the wartime tunes played by the band.
The parade this year was all the more poignant as the two minutes silence was held 90 years to the minute when the guns fell silent in 1918. The parade has been held every year in the town since 1921 and is now internationally recognised. Several thousand local people turned out to watch the event which was bathed in pleasant sunshine for most of the service at the war memorial.
It was also an occasion to be remembered as the guest of honour at the parade was His Royal Highness Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester who took the salute.
His Royal Highness also took time to meet people after the parade and several local Cadets from 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron had the honour of being introduced to him formally at a civic reception.
The Wing Training & Personnel officer Sqn Ldr Martin Harrison who is also a member of the Bedworth Armistice Day Committee said "Another very humbling parade and it was a pleasure to welcome The Duke of Gloucester and kind of him to take time to speak to some of our cadets. It was also good to see so many cadets and staff on parade who had taken time off from work or school to be there on such a singularly important day in the national calendar."
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