Recently, over 600 Cadets and staff from 162 (Stockport) Squadron and Greater Manchester Wing attended The Battle of Britain Service & Parade at St George’s Church in Heaviley. This annual event is organised by Stockport & District Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) and commemorates those who gave their lives during The Battle of Britain in 1940. As we are celebrating the 75th anniversary of The Battle of Britain, the rest of Greater Manchester Air Cadets were invited to help remember The Few in the way that they deserve.
The parade was reviewed by the Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Air-Vice Marshal (Ret’d) Dr Jon Lamonte while the service was led by Reverend Canon Elaine Chegwin-Hall of St George’s Church, who is also 162 (Stockport) Squadron’s Honourary Chaplain. The Mayor and Mayoress of Stockport and the other dignitaries witnessed the Service and Parade as well a number of Commissioned Officers from around Greater Manchester including Wing Commander David Archibald, Officer Commanding Greater Manchester Wing ATC.
After the Church Service, the Squadron Band led the parade consisting of cadets from across Greater Manchester Wing as well as members of the RAF Association and Royal British Legion through Stockport to the Town Hall, where the RAF ensign was flying. A salute and march past took place on the steps of the War Memorial. The parade finished at the Territorial Army Reserve Centre where a final word of thanks were given to those who paid their respects and refreshments were served.
Flying Officer Sophie Roberts, Officer Commanding 162 (Stockport) Squadron said “It was such an honour to see our usual parade grow to be something so spectacular with so many cadets. It’s so important to remember those that gave their lives and it’s important for the cadets to feel a sense of pride due to their part in the parade. I was extremely proud of how the cadets presented themselves and that our band were able to perform.”
Stockport Air Cadets is thriving! Girls and boys from 12 years of age have the chance to do many activities including visits to RAF stations, flying, adventure training & the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
The squadron meets every Monday and Thursday night from 7pm at their Headquarters, Lockwood Fold, Buxton Road, Stockport, SK2 6LS. To book your place on their next Intake, visit www.162atc.co.uk, Telephone (0161) 480 4390 or email firstname.lastname@example.org