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Seventy six cadets take part in Cheltenham Parade to mark the 76th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain

Seventy six cadets take part in Cheltenham Parade to mark the 76th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain
Seventy six cadets from six North Gloucestershire units plus the band of 1329 (Stroud) Squadron put on an impressive display at the Cheltenham Battle of Britain Commemorative Service and Parade. The immaculate conduct of the banner bearers and wreath laying detail were singled out for particular praise by Air Vice Marshal Tony Mason. Cadets also provided a Guard of Honour at the unveiling of the restored War Memorial in The Promenade. The Mayor of Cheltenham, who conducted the ceremony, watched by hundreds of people including cadet parents, said six new names of armed forces’ personnel killed in action, including the first female name, had been added. After the March Past, the Mayor personally thanked the cadets and volunteer staff for their turn out. Air Vice Marshal Mason told the cadets today was not just about remembering the past but also thinking of current RAF crews on active service in the Middle East.
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