Cadets from 198 Hinckley Squadron out shone the other cadet forces at Hinckley’s Armed Forces Day parade on Sunday. 198 paraded more cadets than the other cadet forces put together! They did both the RAF and the ATC proud with fantastic marching through the town, some of the cadets didn’t have any experience at all at marching yet still did a fantastic job and upheld the high reputation the Air Cadets have.
The parade started with a march up to St.Marys church where an Armed Forces Day service took place, and then the parade marched off again, up to Argents Meade to the newly renamed Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee memorial stand for the last post and national anthem. The parade then marched through the town giving a march past to the Mayor of Hinckley and Bosworth Councillor Cartwright and the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire.
Commanding Officer Flight Lieutenant Chris Parry said: “The Cadets performed their duty without fault. The feedback from the public is always a pleasure to hear.”
Cadet Flight Sergeant Chris Lovell added “I was proud to be a cadet of 198 squadron, we set such a high standard for the parade. I was really pleased with the cadet’s efforts not only in drill, which was exceptional and outperformed the other cadet forces, but in their uniform and behaviour as well.”
Cadet Corporal Edward Wonders added “I was proud to celebrate Armed Forces Day especially since I got to carry the Standard. It puts a huge smile on your face when you march through your town and the public are lining both sides of the parade clapping and taking photos. I feel really proud to have taken part.”