June 12th 2013

Cadets attend flag raising at Wollaton Hall

Six cadets from Nottinghamshire attended a special flag raising ceremony at Wollaton Hall in Nottingham today (24 June 2013) to mark the start of an exciting week of activities organised ahead of Armed Forces Day.

Two Sea Cadets, two members of the Army Cadet Force and two cadets from the Air Training Corps attended the event, along with East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association’s Head of Youth and Cadet Services, Deputy Chief Executive Simon Worsley.

The flag raising event was organised to celebrate and pay tribute to the men and women – past and present of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force and also to show our thanks for all the invaluable work they have done for us at home and on our behalf overseas.

Simon Worsley, Deputy Chief Executive from East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association, said: “This ceremony was an excellent way to mark the beginning of a week of activities leading up to the National Armed Forces Day event in Nottingham of which the cadets are involved in a number of different ways. For example there will be three marching contingents each of 30 cadets and two adult volunteers, plus an Air Training Corps marching band in Nottingham City Centre on Saturday (29 June) as well as a range of special activities at Nottingham’s embankment such as an Army Cadet Force band performing on the community stage and a Rifle Drill display from the Air Training Corps in the main arena.

“Each of the cadets attending today’s ceremony was incredibly proud to be present and represent young people who are involved in the cadets across the East Midlands.”

Cadet Sergeant Siraj Chitulu, aged 16, is based at the Nottingham Academy Detachment of Nottinghamshire Army Cadet Force. He said:  “This is the first time I have had the opportunity to come along to a flag raising event to represent the cadets. I was delighted to be asked to attend and it’s great that all three cadet forces were able to come together to show our personal appreciation for the work regular troops and Reservists do for our country both home and aboard. I’m looking forward to the main activities for Armed Forces Day on Saturday, it’s going to be really exciting being involved in such a huge celebration.”

The event took place at Wollaton Hall from 11.30am to 1.30pm today (24 June 2013).