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On Sunday the 2 nd July the band of 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron Air Training Corps had the honour of leading the Warwickshire Royal British Legion County Parade through the streets of Nuneaton .

Standard bearers and ex service veterans from across the county came together for the annual County Parade and Service of Thanksgiving which was hosted by the Nuneaton & Stockinford branch of the Royal British Legion.

The Air Cadet Band led the parade from the marketplace to the St Nicolas Parish Church where the Squadrons drummers used their instruments to constructed a Drum Head Altar from which the Reverend Donald Jones, Vicar of St Nicolas Parish Church and the Reverend Jim Symonds, RBL County Chaplain conducted the Service of Thanksgiving.

The large congregation which included the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire Colonel R Cariss MBE, Nuneaton and Bedworth's mayor, Councillor Julie Jackson, members of the RBL, together with other ex service and cadet contingents were reminded of the important role that the Royal British Legion has in supporting the ex service community. Although none of the congregation would have taken part in the campaign the service also marked the 90 th Anniversary of the battle of the Somme in 1916, which resulted in the bloodiest action in British military history.

Following the service the parade led by the band of 121 Squadron formed up for the march past, with the salute being taken at the Council House by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire Colonel R Cariss MBE, the RBL County President Lieutenant-Commander R A Stevens and the Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth Councillor Julie Jackson.

Flt Lt Ian Crewe Officer Commanding 121 Squadron said, "We are always glad to be able to take part in these events especially those of the Nuneaton & Stockinford branch of the Royal British Legion with whom we are affiliated. It's important that we involve our young people in the work of the British Legion so they can continue to pass on the message to others. The Band put on an outstanding performance which was even more impressive when you consider how hot it was on Sunday".

Royal British Legion County Parade led by the band of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron ATC sets of from the Nuneaton marketplace. - Click to Enlarge
Royal British Legion County Parade approaches St Nicolas Parish Church - Click to Enlarge
Standard bearers form a colourful spectacle as they proudly march through the centre of the town. - Click to Enlarge

The Royal British Legion was created to preserve the spirit of fellowship and service to others formed by all ranks and to maintain, in a strong, stimulating, united comradeship, all those who have served in H.M. Forces, or Auxiliary Forces or who are still serving so that neither their efforts nor their interests shall be forgotten; and that their welfare and that of the dependants of those who died in the service of their country may be safeguarded; and that just and equitable treatment shall be secured to them in respect of the difficulties caused in their lives as a result of their service.

121 Squadron ATC is affiliated to the Nuneaton & Stockingford branch of the Royal British Legion.

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