Cadets perform at poignant ceremony
A CADET band played in front of large audiences during a visit to First World War memorial sites in Belgium.
The 1084 Harborough Squadron Air Training Corps band opened a concert marking the start of carnival weekend in the town of Poperinge during the trip.
They also played a sunset ceremony outside the town’s Talbot House - also known as Toc H - which was used during the war as a place of respite for soldiers.
And the band was privileged to be asked to play during the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate, were wreaths were laid on behalf of both the squadron and the Harborough branch of the Royal British Legion.
Squadron Leader John Standish, of the two groups, also said the Words of Remembrance.
The group was presented with a framed copy of the Poperinge coat of arms by the town’s mayor to commemorate the March visit.
The trip was tinged with sadness at the death of 28 Belgians in a coach crash in Switzerland earlier in the week, with floats and bands carrying white balloons in their memory.
Harborough cadet Tom Skinner (14), from Fleckney, said the Menin Gate ceremony would stay with him forever, adding: “The carnival parade was a brilliant experience - the biggest I have ever seen.”
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