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Cadets lead the way in Remembrance Day Parade

Cadets from all three services played a leading role in Nuneaton's Remembrance Day Parade and Service at the towns War Memorial in Riversley Park.

The towns Sea , Army and Air Cadets 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 pay their respects to servicemen and women past and present who have fought and died for their country.

For the very first time, a special Book of Remembrance, containing the names of all of Nuneaton 's residents killed in action since the end of the First World War, was paraded through the town and placed at the foot of the War Memorial.

For the very first time, a special Book of Remembrance containing the names of all of Nuneaton’s residents killed in action since the end of the First World War carried by Sea Cadet Evie Beasley, accompanied by Air Cadet Sgt Sarah Painter and L/Cpl Toyah  Howick of the Army Cadets.

The Book of Remembrance was carried at the head of the Civic Party from the Town Hall by Sea Cadet Evie Beasley, accompanied by Air Cadet Sgt Sarah Painter and L/Cpl Toyah Howick of the Army Cadets.

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Nuneaton as the Air Cadet Band of 121 {Nuneaton) Squadron led the parade of colourful standards, ex-servicemen in their blazers and berets and serving members of the armed forces as they marched proudly from the Town Hall to the Riversley Park War Memorial for the civic service of Remembrance.

Air Cadet Band of 121 {Nuneaton) Squadron led the parade

Poppy-wearing youngsters stood alongside war veterans with their medals as they gathered around the Riversley Park War Memorial for the civic service. An honour guard formed by Sea, Army and Air cadets and commanded by 121 Squadrons Warrant Officer Jim Taylor, stood in silent vigil at the War memorial during the wreath laying ceremony, which was led by the Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth John Haynes, MP Marcus Jones and other civic leaders, service representatives and members of ex-service organisations.

Wreaths laid by representative from the Sea, Army and Air Cadets

The 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron wreath was laid by Cadet Flight Sergeant Connor Little. Sea Cadet Evie Beasley and Air Cadet Sgt Sarah Painter laid a wreath at the foot of the Boar War Memorial, known as Old Bill on behalf of the people of Nuneaton , and Cadet Matthew Waudby laid a wreath on behalf of the Veterans Contact Point.

Cadet Force Standard bearers stand shoulder to shoulder with those who served during the service at the War Memorial

Following the service the Air Cadet Band of 121 Squadron formed up for the march past. The parade was a stirring sight, with the cadet band leading and a forest of Royal British Legion , ex-service Association and Cadet Standards fluttering in the autumn wind as they marched in procession along Coton Road and past the saluting base at the Council House.

Parade marshal, Murray Richards, said, "I think it all went off very well. The weather could hardly have been better and there was, as usual, a very large public turnout. 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, they did an excellent job."

Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks, Officer Commanding 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron said, “Once again the cadets of all three services have taken a leading role in the towns Remembrance Day Parade and I would like to thank every one of them for helping to make the parade such a success. I would also like to say how much of an honour it was for the three cadets to be chosen to carry the Book of Remembrance for the first time in the parade. It's so important that we don't forget the ultimate sacrifice made by so many fallen servicemen and women and the younger generation especially those of the Cadet Forces are key to ensuring that future generations continue to Remember.”

As the Salvation Army Band played, this photograph of the reflection in one of their instruments reveals a wonderful image of the people of Nuneaton who turned out in their thousands to remember those past and present who continue to make the ultimate sacrifice

As the Salvation Army Band played, this reflection in one of their instruments reveals a wonderful image of the people of Nuneaton who turned out in their thousands to remember those past and present who continue to make
the ultimate sacrifice

121 Squadron Tribute to the fallen

More photographs from Nuneaton's 2012 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.

 


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