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November 15th 2016

Reservists and Cadets remember the fallen at events around the East Midlands

LNR ACF A Company on parade

LNR ACF A Company on parade

Reserve Forces and cadets from across the East Midlands have been busy over the past few days around Armistice Day (11 November), taking part in services of remembrance in their local communities.

They have been out in force, proudly taking part in parades and services as well as helping raise money for The Royal British Legion’s (RBL) Poppy Appeal  which this year urged us to ‘Rethink Remembrance’ to raise awareness of a new generation of veterans and service personnel that need the appeal’s support.

B Company of Derbyshire ACF accompanied by their Corps of Drums on parade

B Company of Derbyshire ACF accompanied by their Corps of Drums on parade

Around 100 young people from all of the cadet organisations were in Nottingham on Saturday, November 12 ensuring plenty of poppies were sold ahead of the city’s commemorations on the Victoria Embankment and in the Market Square. Nottingham City Transport laid on a special bus to help Royal Navy reservists from HMS Sherwood to the Embankment ceremony.

Cadets were also involved in the many parades and ceremonies in cities, towns and villages across the East Midlands on Remembrance Sunday (13 November)

Cdt Joseph Curry

Cadet Joseph Curry

Members of the 422 (Corby) Squadron (Sqn) of the Air Training Corps (ATC) were at ceremonies in their home town and in Peterborough. For the third year in a row they were presented with the Lance Corporal James Ashworth VC Trophy for being the youth organisation to raise the most money on behalf of the Corby Branch of the RBL. Adult volunteer Flight Lieutenant Kev Ritchie and Cadet Corporal Natalie Bristow collected the trophy on behalf of the unit after members collected over £2,000 for the Poppy Appeal over three weekends.

160 Lincoln Transport Squadron ready to march to Lincoln Cathedral.

160 Lincoln Transport Squadron ready to march to Lincoln Cathedral.

Reservists from 158 Regiment were present at a number of events with 160 (Lincoln) Transport Squadron among those marching as part of the Remembrance events centred around a service at Lincoln Cathedral on Remembrance Sunday having the previous day attended Lincoln City Football Club’s home Conference Premier match against Aldershot Town. The troops stood side-by-side with the Lincoln players for a minute’s silence before the kick off.

160 Lincoln Transport Squadron stand side by side with Lincoln City footballers ahead of the match with Aldershot

160 Lincoln Transport Squadron stand side by side with Lincoln City footballers ahead of the match with Aldershot

There was also local representations at the Festival of Remembrance in London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Two members of HMS Sherwood took part in the service. Petty Officer Derek Parsons  from Codnor in Derbyshire, and Able Seaman Tristan King, who lives in Chesterfield, were specially selected to represent the Royal Naval Reserves.

Second Lieutenant Lizzie Pincombe, an officer at the Ibstock Detachment of Leicestershire Northamptonshire and Rutland Army Cadet Force (ACF) was at The Royal Albert Hall on Saturday, (12 November) presenting the Standard of the Castle Donington branch of The RBL as part of the Festival of Remembrance.

She said: “It is such an honour to be a Standard Bearer, both as a member of the Legion and as an Officer in the Army Cadet Force. It allows me to give something back to the new generation of veterans who need our support, honour those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and gives me the opportunity to inspire and make more young people aware of the remembrance, the Legion and its work.”

 

Cadets and Reservists have been helping the East Midlands remember those from all conflicts who did not return.