SUSSEX AIR CADETS REPRESENT LONDON & SE REGION IN THE SEA CADETS TRAFALGAR DAY PARADE
After an intensive but enjoyable few days of rehearsals at Portsmouth, the day dawned bright and sunny for Sussex Air Cadets to take part for the seventh time in Trafalgar Day Parade in London. Before the Parade prepared to march off to Trafalgar Square there was time for Tim Humphries of BFBS to talk to Warrant Officer ATC Gareth Carthew - 2464 (Storrington) Squadron, a member of the Dril...l & Discipline Team for the weekend, as well as two air cadet representatives, Cadet Simon Wisniewski - 2529 (Burgess HIll) Squadron and Cadet Sergeant Georgia Allison - 1414 (Crowborough) Squadron.
On Trafalgar Square just before the formal parade, there were displays by the Junior Sea Cadets (aged 10-12) for the very first time, as well as traditional club swinging. Marching from Horseguards, the first to arrive on Trafalgar Square are always the markers. The main parade is lead by the mass band of the Sea Cadets with the Air Cadets leading the marching contingent. Trafalgar Square is quickly filled with Sea Cadets and Marine Cadets from many Regions. Another first this year was an all female colour party who arrived with the traditional escort. Reviewing Officer for the Parade this year was Rear Admiral Simon Williams CVO, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Personnel) and Flag Officer Maritime Reserves.
Group Captain Al Lewis, Regional Commandant London & South East Region Air Cadets, escorted by Squadron Leader Neil Banks, Sussex Wing Executive Officer, inspected the ATC contingent which was lead by Flight Lieutenant Vicki Fisher - 88 (Battle) Squadron and Sergeant Amy Vincent - 176 (Hove) Squadron, and made up of cadets from across East and West Sussex.
Once the formal parade was over and the march past had taken place, the band led the cadets up the Mall and round to Wellington Barracks, and to a well earned lunch in Wellington Barracks Mess for the 400+ participants. Sergeant Georgia Allison, who had been interviewed earlier in the day by BFBS reflected on the whole experience and said: "One of the best parts of today has been all three cadet forces doing something together." These sentiments were echoed by Rear Admiral Williams when he spoke to all the assembled cadets and thanked them for an outstanding parade to celebrate one of our greatest sailors.