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 town’s 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 Roll of Honour, naming those from Nuneaton who lost their lives in the Great War was placed at the foot War Memorial by Royal Air Force Air Cadets, Holly Odam and Mathew Waudby.
Royal Air Force Air Cadets, Holly Odam and Mathew Waudby as they lay the Roll of Honour naming those from Nuneaton who lost their lives in the Great War. The new Roll of Honour, making its very first appearance at the Nuneaton Remembrance service was commissioned to mark the centenary of the start of World War One
A second Book of Remembrance containing the names of all of Nuneaton 's residents killed in action since the end of the First World War, was also placed on the War Memorial by two Sea Cadets from TS Vanquisher.
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.
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.
The 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron wreath was laid by Cadet Flight Sergeant Connor Little.
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.
Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks, Officer Commanding 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron 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”.
“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 Air Cadets, Holly Odam and Mathew Waudby to be chosen to carry the Roll of Honour which was commissioned to mark the Centenary of the outbreak of the First Word War”.
“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.”
121 Squadron Tribute to the fallen
More photographs from Nuneaton's 2014 Remembrance Sunday
Photographs provided by Brian Stansfield of the Nuneaton Photographic Society