September 18th 2013

Air cadets visit Westminster Abbey for Battle of Britain memorial service

Sunday 15th September 2013 saw Air Cadets and members of Staff from Swadlincote travel to Westminster Abbey in London to take part in a Battle of Britain Memorial Service.


Representatives from Swadlincote Air Cadets attended the event alongside current serving members of the Royal Air Force, veterans and members of the local Royal British Legion Association, Mr & Mrs Morris. There was also a flypast by Royal Air Force aircraft.

Despite the early start, which saw everyone involved meeting at the Squadron Headquarters in Eureka Park at 6am, Swadlincotes own Cadet (Cdt) Elizabeth Lord, aged 14 years, said: “I had lots of fun, it was a really amazing experience being given the opportunity to go inside Westminster Abbey, and even though we got stuck in traffic driving through the centre of London due to the Triathlon being held on the same day. I shall look forward to the prospect of being invited to go again next year, even more so at catching a glimpse of a member of the Royal Family who have been in attendance at the same Memorial Service in previous years.”

As soon as the memorial service concluded, the group travelled to Royal Air Force Museum Hendon, which is just outside of the centre of London to take part in a quiz which was focused around questions on both past and present Royal Air Force aircraft and milestones of flight throughout the Falklands war, World War 1 and World War 2.
The quiz formed part of a competition where the cadets were split up into groups of 5 and the group to answer the most questions correctly, won a prize in the form of a bag of Haribo sweets.

1211 (Swadlincote) Squadron opens its doors four times a year to prospective new cadets, male and female aged between 13 – 17 years.

For more information on joining the air cadet organisation in your area, please contact the Squadron Commander, Flight Lieutenant Alyn Thompson at or by phone on (01283) 212629 or visit the Squadron website at