London Wing have lead the Air Cadet Organisation’s (ACO) marching contingent on the 800th Lord Mayor’s Show.
Over 50 Cadets and Staff from London Wing were joined by over 100 Cadets and Staff from Middlesex Wing and the London and South East Region Band for the 800th Lord Mayor’s Show. The parade, the largest unrehearsed one of its kind in the world has it’s origins rooted in history. In 1215 the King was persuaded to issue a Royal Charter that allowed the City of London to elect it’s own Mayor. The King gave his blessing based on one important condition. Every year, the newly elected Mayor must leave the saftey of the City, travel up-river to the small town of Westminster and swear loyalty to the Crown. The Lord Mayor has now made that journey for 800 years, despite plagues, fires and countless wars to pledge his or her loyalty to 34 Kings and Queens of England.
The 2015 procession marked the appointment of the new Lord Mayor, Alderman Jeffrey Mountevans and stretched over 4 miles through the City of London.
Although the weather was wet the Parade went ahead as planned and a two minutes silence was held at 11am to reflect the news of the deaths in Paris the night before.
The cadets generated much praise from the crowd as well as featuring in the BBC Coverage for the event. Group Captain Al Lewis, Commanding Officer for London and South East Region watched the parade from Mansion House and was “incredibly proud to see cadets from the Region looking the part and setting an excellent example of the ACO and Region”.
After a lunch break in the Royal Air Force Church of St Clement Danes the parade re-formed and set off back to the start point. A more relaxed end to a fantastic parade, Cadets and Staff were able to wave and interact with the crowd that were lining the route. As the LaSER Band and ACO Marching contingent drew closer to their end point, the floats around the Band gave them a spontaneous round of applause for what was a truly exceptional performance.
The London Wing Banner was carried by 17 year old Cadet Corporal Sarah Macdonald from 9F (Islington) Squadron. She said that “it was a real privilege to carry the Wing Banner on such a high profile event and also great to be the first all-female Banner party to do so”. Sarah was elected to carry the banner after winning the Banner Drill element at the London Wing Field Day earlier this year. Cadet Flight Sergeant Sam Pattison from 48F (Hampstead) Squadron chose the Lord Mayor’s Show to be the last event of an excellent Air Cadet career. Playing the Bell Lyre with the LaSER Band Sam said that he was “absolutely shattered after the parade but really enjoyed the thrill of marching through the City of London. I would really recommend it for any cadet musicians to try for Wing, Region and ACO Bands”.