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Monday, 12 November 2012

Wharfedale Remembers in 2012

There are few annual events in the Squadrons calendar that carry quite the significance and importance of Remembrance Sunday.

This year the Squadron took part in remembrance services in three towns throughout Wharfedale; in Ilkley, Addingham and Burley-in-Wharfedale.

The day started with the band attending the church service at St Peters Church in Addingham before leading the parade to the cenotaph in the centre of the town, the last post here was played by ex-1224 cadet Andy Novell and the wreath was, for the first time in his 20+ years with the Squadron laid by Warrant Officer (ATC) David Wood.

Following the Addingham parade the Squadron assembled at Abbeyfield Care Home, who had kindly offered a room for the Squadron to serve the cadets lunch in. The lunch itself was very kindly prepared by the Civilian Committee of the Squadron, complete with poppy buns! As a thank you to the care home, the band then played a few songs for the residents.

The Ilkley parade was once again led by the Squadrons band and included various local dignitaries and veterans. The parade marched from Ilkley Car Park, up Brook Street and along The Grove to the Ilkley Memorial Gardens for a service during which the last post was played by Sgt Tom Smith from 2431 (Keighley) Squadron.

The Squadrons turnout was praised by many members of the public and the OC, Flight Lieutenant Sue Leighton praised the effort from both the cadets and staff and thanked everybody for their smart turnout.

All photos by CI Sam White.