Air Cadets celebrated ATC Sunday in London & South East Region, and led by Kent Wing Marching Band, have paraded their banner, carried and escorted by cadets from 261(Guildford) Squadron, from Lincoln’s Inn Fields to St Clement Danes. The parade consisted of cadets and adult representatives from all six Wings in the Region – London, Middlesex, Surrey, Sussex, Essex and Kent.
At St Clement Danes, the Central Church of the Royal Air Force, famously known as the ‘Oranges and Lemons’ Church, a Service of Thanksgiving and Dedication was led by The Reverend Canon David Nason, Regional Chaplain.
Air cadets fully participated in the Service with a fanfare of trumpets by 2243 (Basildon) Squadron announcing the arrival of the Region Banner into Church. The First Lesson was read by Cadet Warrant Officer Jameel Campbell – 241 (Wanstead & Woodford) Squadron, the Region’s Dacre Sword nominee for 2016, and the Second Lesson by Cadet Warrant Officer Bridie Wakeford – 2520 (Tonbridge) Squadron, the Region’s ATC 75 Sword nominee for 2016. Jameel said: “Having read the lesson at St Paul’s Cathedral for London & Middlesex Wing’s ATC75 Service last year I felt confident today, plus I liked the story behind the reading Bridie had read the lesson at Canterbury Cathedral during Kent Wing’s ATC75 Service and being her first time to St Clement Danes she ‘found it awe inspiring’. Both Jameel and Bridie have attended the QAIC (Qualified Aerospace Instructors Course) when a considerable amount of public speaking was required and where they were in fact partnered in the syndicate work.
Prayers were led by cadets from Sussex Wing,with 56 (Woolwich) Squadron providing a choral arrangement of ‘Hallelujah’ and ‘Stand By Me’ with guitar and piano accompaniment. After the Sermon by Canon Nason, Regional Commandant, Group Captain Al Lewis led the congregation in a renewal of the Cadet Promise.
The Service concluded with a trumpet fanfare as the Region and Wing Banners left the church.