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Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing on Parade

Royal Air Force Air Cadets from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron joined other units from the Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing in a parade through Daventry to mark the 73rd  Anniversary of the formation of the Air Training Corps.

Squadron standards on parade at the Holy Cross Church, Daventry

The parade on Sunday 02 nd February, was led by the Joint band of 497 (Daventry) & 1289 (Stratford-Upon-Avon) Squadrons as cadets from  the Squadrons which form the Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing marched through the town to the Holy Cross Church where a service was conducted by their Padre, Father Neil Bayliss.

Air Cadet Sunday Parade led by the Joint band of 497 (Daventry) & 1289 (Stratford-Upon-Avon) Squadrons

During the service the Air Cadets all reaffirmed their promise and the Padre reflected on the comradeship and family spirit fostered within individual Squadrons and throughout the Corps during the last 73 years.

Air Cadet Padre, Father Neil Bayliss receives the Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing Standard.

The Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing Standard on parade in front of the Air Cadet congregation within the Holy Cross Church

Following the service the entire congregation formed up at the grave side of Flight Lieutenant Barry Broom RAFVR(T), former Officer Commanding 497 (Daventry) Squadron who had sadly passed away in 2013. T he Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing stood in silence as they all took a moment to remember the late Barry Broom who had always played a leading role in organising the Daventry parade. Father Neil Bayliss said, “Barry will be sorely missed by all who had shared the pleasure of his company let us all unite in this sombre moment of reflection as we pay a fitting tribute to Barry a popular officer and friend”.

Padre, Father Neil Bayliss leads the Wing’s tribute to Flight Lieutenant Barry Broom RAFVR(T).

The parade then reformed for the march past, with the salute being taken by Wing Commander Stuart Iles, Officer Commanding Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing and Wing Commander Steve Mills.

The Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing on parade

Air Cadet standards on parade

At the reception held after the parade, Wing Commander, Stuart Iles said, "The parade was a huge success and the weather was kind to us this year. It was good to see so many cadets and staff from all over the wing on parade to support what is undoubtedly one of the most important occasions in our calendar”.


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