It came as a bit of a surprise to five members of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron Air Training Corps when they found themselves being served with a summons to appear before a session of Warwick Crown Court on the 6th October 2008 . Even more worrying was the fact that the summons was issued by the High Sheriff of Warwickshire herself.
Thankfully the cadets and staff weren't about to find themselves behind bars. The five, Civilian Instructor Amiee Easterlow, Cadet Flight Sergeant Sasha Dowdall, Cadets Scott Mainwaring, Alice Hartopp and Kane Dicken, all form the fanfare section of the Squadron's band, which had been officially summoned to open proceedings at the High Sheriff's Service that is traditionally held to mark the start of the new legal year.
The service which was conducted at the Collegiate Church of St. Mary in Warwick was a spectacle of colour, costume and pageantry with its origins dating back hundreds of years to the days when the High Sheriff of Warwickshire wielded ultimate power over law and order on behalf of the Crown. To this day the High Sheriff of Warwickshire, Mrs Anna M Trye still holds the highest office representing the Queen at Warwick Crown Court.
As the service started, the Church of St. Mary was filled with the rousing sound of the 121 squadron fanfare sections bugles as they heralded the arrival of the procession of Clergy, Warwick Crown Court Judges, the High Sheriff of Warwickshire and other Civic Representatives including the Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire Martin Dunne, Mayor for Warwick Councillor Mrs A Mellor, The Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth Councillor Gerald Smith and many more.
Following the service the High Sheriff of Warwickshire Mrs Anna M Trye said, “I would like to thank the young buglers very much indeed for coming along to play the fanfare at my service. They did a magnificent job and it was a privilege to have them here today.”
Flight Lieutenant Ian Crewe Officer Commanding 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron said, “The fanfare section did a brilliant job today and it was an excellent opportunity for them to play for such an important civic occasion in this wonderful church. I think that this service has shown that not all young people that end up in front of the judiciary at Warwick Crown Court are on the wrong side of the law.”