In Tetbury on Saturday 8th June 2019, cadets of Bristol and Gloucestershire Wing took part in their annual Wing Parade.
The event this year was hosted by Tetbury. Last year Dursley were privileged to host the event as the location rotates around the cadet units. The annual parade is held in celebration of the Air Training Corps but also coincided with the town’s 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings this year. On parade, there were 200 cadets and adult staff volunteers from the units across Bristol and Gloucestershire Wing.
1860 (East Bristol) Squadron provided their marching band whose drums bellowed down the streets lined with Cotswold stone buildings and many supporting members of the public. The parade participants marched from the fire station through the town centre before arriving at St Marys Church where a service was held by Padre, Bernard Rumbold.
Following the Church service, the parade re-formed and marched back through the town. VIPs which included Air Commodore, Barbra Cooper and the Tetbury Town Mayor, Nikki Ind took a salute from the parade where the sound of cheering and clapping from the onlooking public could be heard.
Cadet Corporal Farr said she “really enjoyed being part of such a big event like this.”
CI Josh Rowles, who was taking photographs and video of the event, said “It’s always a great feeling when the local area supports the organisation we are part of. The smartly dressed cadets have turned up in their hundreds, proud to be taking part in the celebrations. It has been a fantastic day, thank you to the organisers for putting on such a well planned schedule.”
After the parade, cadets enjoyed refreshments and an opportunity to socialise and catch up with friends from around the Wing. Congratulations to all cadets and staff on parade, a fantastic effort by all involved. Well Done!