With the season of the Poppy Appeal and Remembrance Day parades rapidly approaching, Banner Bearers from Squadrons in the Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing have been getting in some training from the experts.
Cadets from 84 (Coventry Airport), 121 (Nuneaton), 198 (Hinckley) and 2286 (Arden) squadrons, attended a Standard Bearer training course conducted by Mick Keenan of the Coventry Branch of the Standard Bearers Association. During the course the cadets were shown how to perform a comprehensive range of banner drills including the all-important Dip, which will form one of the most poignant moments as the Last Post is played on Remembrance Day.
Flight Lieutenant Ian Crewe Officer Commanding 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron who organised the training course said, “Carrying a Squadron Banner is a very important roll for any cadet especially when they're joining the ranks of Standard Bearers from the Royal British Legion and other ex-service Associations at major events. The cadets who have completed their Standard Bearer training today have practised all the drills and have also had an insight into the history behind many of the traditions that surround Carrying Standards. Following the success of this first course I hope to be able to run more of the same so that cadets from other Squadrons within the wing can benefit from the training given by members of the Standard Bearers Association.