April 23rd 2015


Over 50 Cadets and adult volunteers from Nottinghamshire Army Cadet Force (ACF) joined forces with youth organisations from across the county to parade for St George’s Day.

The Cadets, including the Nottinghamshire ACF band, were joined by members of the Air Training Corps and Sea Cadet Corps to march into Nottingham’s Old Market Square where they congregated with 10 other youth organisations.

The parade, which was organised to recognise young people in Nottinghamshire, was attended by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire Sir John Peace, and civic guests including the Mayor of Nottingham took place on Sunday 19 April 2015.

Members of Nottinghamshire ACF formed part of one of three groups of young people who paraded through the city before coming together in the Market Square to wave St George’s flags and take part in a Mexican wave led by Robin Hood!.

Cadet Sergeant Major Siraj Chitulu before the parade Cadet Sergeant Major Siraj Chitulu before the parade Speaking ahead of the parade, Cadet Sergeant Major Siraj Chitulu, aged 18 from Arnold detachment, said: “I am really proud to be taking part today to show the community what the Army Cadet Force is all about. I have been really looking forward to getting involved in this parade as it is the first one I have had the chance to be involved in, and I want to show others how the Army Cadet Force can benefit young people.

“Not only are there fun activities to do, but learning a military discipline helps to build confidence in yourself and become more aware of others around you. This parade is a perfect way to show off our skills as we will all be working together.”

Staff Sergeant Jacob Hall, aged 18, from Chilwell detachment, also took part in the event.

He explained: “I wanted to take part in the parade today to show my support to the ACF.

Staff Sergeant Jacob Hall paraded for Nottinghamshire ACFStaff Sergeant Jacob Hall paraded for Nottinghamshire ACF“This kind of activity gives young people something to aspire to, and shows that being in a youth organisation like the ACF is not just a hobby, it is a way to develop yourself. I feel that today we can be proud of ourselves as we are showing the wider community what we are all about.”

Lieutenant Colonel Neil Atherton, Deputy Commandant at Nottinghamshire ACF said: “We were delighted to take part in an event to celebrate the youth of Nottinghamshire and feel it is important to recognise the good that both uniformed and non-uniformed youth organisations do for young people.”

Cadets join other youth organisations to wave ST George’s Flags in Nottingham’s Market Square
Speaking after the event, he continued: “Joining a youth organisation like the Army Cadet Force can help to improve confidence, self-discipline, teamwork and leadership skills among young people through a wide range of military based activities such as navigation, field craft, camping, skill at arms, shooting, expeditions, canoeing, climbing and mountain biking. We are proud to showcase ourselves to the people of Nottingham by coming together with other youth organisations to celebrate St George’s Day.”

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