Air Cadets from 95 (Crewe) and 100 (Nantwich) Squadrons paraded through Nantwich on Sunday 19th September to remember ‘the few’ who gave their lives for their country during the Battle of Britain on 15th September 1940; 70 years ago.
Parents and civilian committee members supported the cadets and staff on Sunday, by following behind the parade, which formed up outside the Civic Hall and marched up to the Cenotaph. The parade was joined by veterans from the wars and the general public for the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain dedication. Colours and parade standards were formed up around the Cenotaph for the short but moving service, before the Last Post was played.
The cadets then led the parade back to the Civic Hall. Both squadrons were well represented and Flight Lieutenant Kathy Stubbs, Officer Commanding 95 (Crewe) Squadron led the parade with Flying Officer Malcom Hilditch, Officer in Charge 100 (Nantwich) Squadron. The parade commander for the day was Sgt Andrew Lennon ATC, and Civilian Instructor Keith Goodall was the bugler, both of whom are staff at 95 (Crewe) Squadron.
Flt Lt Kathy Stubbs said, after the parade, “the march through the town by cadets and staff from the Air Training Corps, followed by a well-attended service of dedication outside the Cenotaph, was repeated today around the country. With over 1000 squadrons in the Air Training Corps, it is unlikely that any major town or city escaped the Battle of Britain parades this weekend. All of the towns and cities in the United Kingdom were affected in one way or another during the Second World War and more specifically during the Battle of Britain. Cadets from both Crewe and Nantwich air cadet squadrons are highly regarded in their respective towns and are always commended on their behaviour, appearance, independence and adventurous spirit. I am proud to be a part of this community spirit.”