On Sunday 14th April, at 04:00am, four 649 cadets and two staff departed for Victoria Barracks in Windsor to participate in a parade commemorating the Royal Air Force Centenary.
On arrival, cadets joined different flights and began practices for the parade. Shortly after, all participating cadets were served a warm hearty breakfast to keep them well energised for the day. Once the preparations were complete, Corporal Hinson explained, “We marched around the interior perimeter of the barracks before the streets of Windsor. It was fantastic! The numbers of the public out to watch and the support of everyone was great.” The interactive service included a number of hymns and readings by cadets across the corps. Following the service, cadets re-formed and paraded past the Guildhall back to the barracks passing by the many VIPs present including the Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire. On return to the barracks, a “Three Cheers” to the RAF concluded the formalities of the parade and an official photograph was taken.
With 600 cadets and 100 staff members in attendance, this was a major event in the RAF100 calendar for the RAF Air Cadets with plenty of media coverage. Flight Sergeant Harper-Coles said, “the RAF 100 parade at Windsor was an amazing experience, it allowed me to meet new people, meet old friends and march in honour of the RAF and the Queen.” Sergeant O’Brien had similar feelings saying, “Despite the early start, I really enjoyed the experience with the other cadets and meeting all the VIPs.”
Our thanks go to the organisers of the event and congratulations to the Royal Air Force on its centenary. The world’s first independent air force.
-Based on a report from Corporal Hinson-