Freedom of the City Parade.
Six Cadets from 51 (Orton) Squadron and CI Alyson Lee, were joined by 115 Peterborough squadron to support the Freedom of City Parade for RAF Wittering in it's 30th Anniversary year.
The Air Cadets had been invited by RAF Wittering to provide a route lining party along Bridge Street for the march past.
The men and women from RAF Wittering formed in three ranks at 10.15 along with the Scroll Bearer party and Band on Cowgate Street, in all their finery including bayonets and swords. At quarter to eleven the parade marched off to Cathedral Square via Church Street, and prepared themselves for inspection by the Mayor and Station Commander. Shortly before 11.00am the Mayor accompanied by the Station Commander arrived on the Balcony and the Spitfire Completed its flypast.
After inspection, the Parade following the band, marched down Bridge Street onto St Peter's Road, taking the Salute in front of the Town Hall. It was during this part of the parade that the cadets experienced the full emotion of such an event and Cpl C Wells commented “I have attended many parades over my years as a cadet, but it never ceases to amaze me how each one feels so important. As always I felt honoured and proud to be part of such an important day."
The parade was dismissed shortly after eleven fifteen and the cadets were invited to take a light lunch in the Town Hall. CI Alyson Lee said, “As always the cadets did the Air Training Corps and their squadron commanders proud. We are all grateful for the Mayor's comments that the cadets performed well and that it was an honour for us to be in attendance."
If you want to be part of something different, stand out from the crowd and show your skills off and help others, then come and see us at our squadron. 51(Orton) Squadron meet on a Tuesday and Wednesday night between 7pm and 9.15pm. Visit our website for more information. www.51sqnatc.co.uk.