We Shall Remember Them
We Shall Remember Them - and it was exactly that act of Remembrance that 51 (Orton) Squadron Air Training Corp (ATC) completed on Sunday by joining with other military organisations such as RAF Wittering, The Royal British Legion and other Youth Cadet Forces.
The Procession being led by the Peterborough Pipe Band departed from behind the Town Hall, along Bridge Street and into the Cathedral, a route lined by the public who watched in earnest as all the parade passed before them.
As with many parades for 51 (Orton) Squadron, this parade saw the first for many and likewise the last. 51 (Orton) Squadron ATC has seen many new recruits join them during the past year, so there was a number of first timers here, like Cadets Henderson, Cozzetto and Butler to name a few. For Cadet Butler she had the additional honour of being a wreath bearer which saw her laying the wreaths at the war memorial. Cadet Butler said "It was great to be able to contribute to the parade in such a way". For other cadets like Sergeant Paul and Flight Sergeant Robinett, this marked their last parade as a cadet of the ATC. FS Robinett commented "The ATC has been such a large part of my life over the last 7 years, and gave me so many opportunities that I otherwise would not have had. To be able to parade each year to remember the fallen, I feel it was especially fitting for my last public event to be such a remembrance parade as this."
In terms of firsts though, this did not stop with our cadets this year, as it was our Commanding Officers first in terms of a Peterborough Parade where he had the invitation to be part of the formal parade by escorting the Royal Colours. It was as this escort that Flt Lt Andrew Mason with the other escorts lined the entrance to the Cathedral as the Royal British Legion members led the procession into the Cathedral.
After an initial Bidding Prayer, which was led by The Dean, in the normal course of action for such events a short Act of Remembrance followed to include The Last Post, The Exhortation, Two Minutes Silence, The Kohima Epitaph and of cause no such act would be complete without the Reveille.
Following prayers and the usual national Anthem, the procession retraced their steps, and the salute was taken outside of The Town Hall alongside the war memorial by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire. If you had thought the streets were full before the service, it was clearly nothing compared to afterwards. As each part of the parade passed by the war memorial it wasn't to the sound of drums but to the sound of applause from the masses of watching public who took time to pause from their daily routines to salute the parade and honour the fallen in their own appreciative way.
Flt Lt Andrew Mason said, "I am always impressed by the number of cadets who put time aside to be part of such a parade and once again the cadets from 51 did themselves, the squadron and Peterborough proud."
If you are interested in becoming a member of the ATC, why not come down to the Squadron to look around, we meet on a Tuesday and Wednesday between 1900-2115 at the Squadron HQ. You will find us at Nene Park Academy near the main reception; alternatively call us on 07725 873 405. The Squadron is recruiting now!!
Sqn Media Comms
The procession commenced from behind the Town Hall and took its route up Bridge Street and pass the new Memorial, and on into the Cathedral for the Service of remembrance. Bridge Street was lined with members of the public to support the parade, and comments of praise could be heard.
After an hour service conducted by the Dean and The Reverend Canon Ian Black, the procession retraced their steps, and the salute was taken outside of The Town Hall alongside the new memorial by HM Lord-Lieutenant Mr Duberly. If you had thought the streets were full before the service, it was clearly nothing compared to afterwards and as each organisation passed down the public applauded with sincere appreciations.
After a few words from HM Lord-Lieutenant Mr Duberly, the parade was dismissed and both ATC squadrons were praised and thanked by Flt Lt Stephen Dalton commanding officer of 115 (Peterborough) Squadron, confirming once again and agreed by the attending spectators that the Air Cadets did not only do Peterborough proud but also themselves.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the ATC, why not come down to the Squadron to look around, we meet on a Tuesday and Wednesday between 1900-2115 at the Squadron HQ. You will find us at Nene Park Academy near the main reception; alternatively call us on 01733 391071. The Squadron is recruiting now!! Natasha Robinett Sqn Media Comms 51 (Orton) Squadron