The drum section from the band of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron Air Training Corps recently headed the line-up of entertainment at a Parachute Regiment Association event to mark the 25 th Anniversary of the Forklands War.
The Bedworth Branch of the Parachute Regiment Association normally meet up with the Nuneaton Air Cadet Band during the town’s Armistice Day Parade, which has always been held on the 11 th November. Being the youngest regiment in the British Army the Para’s form up as the last veterans Association contingent immediately before the cadet forces. On one occasion they broke with tradition and fell in behind the Air Cadet band and sang along with the music. There’s always lots of banter about how much the Para’s appreciate the fact that the RAF always took them into action, ”shame they never dropped us in the right place”. So when the Squadron was approached by the Regiment and asked to perform a ‘Lights Out’ display during the Associations dinner, they jumped at the chance.
Many former members of the regiment, some of whom had seen active service in the Forklands War, the World War II Arnham drop and may other campaigns, attended the Bedworth Branch of the Parachute Regiment Association, Dinner and Dance at the Saunders Hall Club in Bedworth.
The guests of honour on the top table included former Parachute Regiment top brass, Major General Peter Chiswell CB CBE DL and Lieutenant Colonel George Christie MC OBE.
The evening started with the entry of the Regimental Association standards after which George Duffus, branch chairman read out a letter from HRH The Prince of Wales, Colonel-in-Chief of the Parachute Regiment.
Then it was time for the Air Cadet drummers to show what they could do. The house lights went down to be replaced by ultraviolet lighting which only illuminated the rhythmical movement of their drum sticks, dress ropes and other white uniform items as the cadets stole the show and performed an almost flawless routine.
After the display Flight Lieutenant Ian Crewe Officer Commanding 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron said, “The cadets put on a magnificent display and if the applause that went on afterwards was anything to go by the audience loved it. The cadets involved had never performed a display using ultraviolet lighting before and they should all be very proud of themselves for putting together such an entertaining routine.”