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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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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