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The band of 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron Air Training Corps had the honour of leading the ranks of veterans as they marched through the town during a parade to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II.

The event began as the Cadet Band led members of the Burma Star Association, Royal British Legion, other ex-service organisations and serving members of 30th Signals Regiment as they marched to the War Memorial for a service of commemoration.

Hundreds of people young and old gathered around the memorial for the community singing of wartime favourites, which preceded the formal Act of Remembrance and wreath laying ceremony.

AWO Jim Taylor, who did a brilliant job as Drum MajorFollowing 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.

It was a big day for AWO Jim Taylor, not normally a member of the band, who had to stand in as Drum Major at the last moment. For someone who had never done the job before he certainly looked the part and did a brilliant job.

Jesse Owen, a former Royal Marine, who was the parade marshal, said: "I am very pleased that we had so many people on parade, it was a magnificent act of remembrance." "The Air Cadet Band did a wonderful job, the music was outstanding and the pace set by the drummers was just right for the ex-service contingents."

121 Squadron Tribute to the fallen

The 121 Squadron band leads the way as town pays tribute – Click to enlarge Band plays wartime favourites during march past – Click to enlarge Standards from all the local ex-service associations were on parade – Click to enlarge

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

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.


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