The Cadets of 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron Air Training Corps had a central part to play in a moving Remembrance Service and parade as the people of their home town turned out in record numbers to mark the 90 th Anniversary of Remembrance.
Services veterans and people who have attended the Remembrance Service for many years said that they couldn't remember seeing so many people at the War Memorial in Riversly Park or lining the streets along the route of the parade.
On Sunday 9 th November veterans from the Royal British Legion together with other ex-service organisations, serving personnel and Cadet Forces who had assembled in the Market Place formed up as Bugler Amiee Easterlow of the Air cadet band sounded the call to fall in.
The band of 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron then had the honour of leading the procession through the town to the War Memorial in Riversly Park for the act of Remembrance.
During the service the large crowd stood in silent remembrance as the standards were dipped in salute as the bugler sounded the Last Post. A cadet honour guard formed by Cadet Corporal Robert Allan, Cadet Flight Sergeant Sasha Dowdall and a cadet from the Army and Sea Cadets stood vigil at the War memorial during the wreath laying ceremony, which was led by the Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth and other civic leaders, service representatives and members of ex-service organisations. Flight Lieutenant Ian Crewe laid a wreath on behalf of the Squadron and Cadet Flight Sergeant Jonathan Kendall laid another on behalf of a member of the public who was unable to attend the service.
Following the service the parade led by the band of 121 Squadron formed up for the march past, along Coton Road and past the saluting base at the Council House.
Parade marshal, ex Royal Marine, Jesse Owen, Said, I want to say a very big thank-you to the people of Nuneaton who attended: it appears that more and more people are turning out each year, a fitting tribute after 90 years of Remembrance.
He went on to say, We were so pleased to see so many young people at the service, including those from the Cadet Forces and I want to say that it was a pleasure to march behind the Air Cadet Band, once again they did an excellent job.
121 Squadron Tribute to the fallen
More photographs from Nuneaton Remembrance Sunday
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.