Thursday, 15 July 2010
After waiting for the crest to be embroidered to a decent standard they were finally given out in early July 2010.
Adorned with the new 1224 crest designed by Cadet Flight Sergeant Dan Connor. It features the famous Cow and Calf rocks as well as a C-130 Hercules flying overhead.
The Hercules is in remembrance of Flt. Lt. David Stead, a former 1224 cadet from Burley-in-Wharfedale who was killed when the aircraft he was piloting was shot down by enemy fire over Iraq in 2005.
Cadets, volunteers and their massed bands came to London from across the UK to march from Horse Guards Parade down The Mall to Buckingham Palace.
The Prince of Wales took the salute at the Royal Review and the cadets then attended an exclusive garden party with members of the Royal Family to mark the occasion.
A flypast by the famous Red Arrows accompanied the parade and, uniquely, a selection of cadets travelled in the aircraft with the pilots as part of the celebrations.
Lead snare drummer in the Air Cadet Band was Cadet Warrant Ben Bridge from 1224 (Wharfedale) Sqn. Corporal Jamie Partovi (Snare) and Corporal Rhys Leighton (First cornet) were also in the band. The band played to exceptionally high standard and led over 500 Air Cadets from all over the country.
The cadets played later in the week at the Imperial War Museum for the 'Flying Legends Air Show'. At the same time, the band from 1224 (Wharfedale) Sqn were playing at the Addingham Gala. Parading in the band were new cadets, Jack Croft, Edward Saunders, Jorgen Moore & Oren Chew. The highlight of the day for all the cadets, was playing Highland Cathedral with the Accrington Pipe Band. Warrant Officer David Wood said 'This was a fantastic unrehearsed presentation by the joint bands and they all enjoyed the experience.
If you would like to see highlights from the Cadet 150 Parade, search Youtube for 'Cadet 150 Royal Review'