As if last weekend wasn't busy enough this time we went one stage
further by being in more than one place at the same time.
On Sunday 30th June 02 the squadron was committed to support two
major community events. Firstly the 30 Signals regiment open day
at Bramcote barracks and secondly the Earl Shilton carnival parade.
The tricky question was how to be in two places at the same time.
The answer is lots of planning and teamwork.
In the morning cadets and staff went up to Bramcote to set up the
recruitment and fund raising display. They were joined by members
of the squadron civilian committee who together with a small group
of cadets and staff manned the stall whilst those who were members
of the band returned to the squadron to pick up the rest of the
band and it's equipment. A quick change of uniform and the band
set off for its performance in the Earl Shilton carnival parade.
On arrival at Earl Shilton we discovered that our band had been
chosen to lead the procession through the towns streets. This was
quite a surprise and an honour considering that there were some
local bands in the line up.
Confident of our performance last week in the Nuneaton carnival
parade we felt quite sure that we could live up to expectations.
As the procession set off the people of Earl Shilton were treated
to our medley of many traditional marches and wartime favourites,
which proved to be most popular. Possibly the most rewarding moment
came when, more by luck than judgement, we came to the point in
our running order when we were to play the RAF March Past just as
we marched down the middle of the main street in full view of the
large crowds of spectators.
Having completed the carnival procession it was time to pile back
into the transport and wing our way back to the Nuneaton to drop
of the band and its equipment off at the headquarters before flying
back up to the Bramcote open day to help dismantle the stall. (Sorry
I couldn't resist the temptation to get a couple of aeronautical
terms into that bit).
All who took part in the day's events especially those who ended
up at Bramcote and Earl Shilton should be justly proud of a job