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Monday, 21 May 2012

Ilkley Carnival 2012

As per tradition, on May Day 1224 (Wharfedale) Squadron took part in the annual Ilkley Carnival.

As with previous years the Squadron and the band marched through the centre of Ilkley in front of a crowd of thousands.

There was some change though as for the first time ever, two cadets, CWO Sam White and Cdt Beth Powell were chosen to accompany Cllr Heathcliffe Bowen, Chairman of Ilkley Parish Council as his equerries for the day. They joined the Councillor and other dignitaries for the day who included the local MP, Kris Hopkins, other local councillors, the Lord Mayor of Bradford and Tom Rennolds, a finalist in the TV show Masterchef as they presented prizes for the best carnival floats as well as joining them in the VIP tent for refreshments.

Meanwhile at the Squadron's stall at the carnival there was the usual set up of recruiting boards, the tombola and Mrs Whitakers cake stall.

Overall the cadets and staff had a great day as for once the weather decided to (just about) hold.