Over the past few weeks Cadets from 1507 (Chester-Le-Street) Squadron have taken part in several events to support the poppy appeal and commemorate Remembrance Day.
1507 Squadron has always been heavily involved in both collecting for he Poppy Appeal and supporting Remembrance Day events including the Remembrance Parade in Chester-Le-Street held in the Market Square.
This year Flight Lieutenant Mathew Burton RAFVR(T) and Sergeant (ATC) Mark Hoynes volunteered as interim Poppy Appeal Co-ordinators for the Chester-Le-Street area due to a lack of volunteers. They did whilst maintaining busy full time jobs and running a successful Air Cadet Squadron. This involved preparing and distributing collection tins and Poppy Boxes. It also involved liaising with the many local organisations that wanted a wreath for the day ensuring that relevant wreaths were sourced. Several cadets from the Squadron assisted with this task proving time and time again that the youth of today can help maintain the memory of those who have given so much for the benefit of those that have been left behind.
The Squadron also collected on behalf of the Poppy Appeal at Morrisons and Tesco in Chester-Le-Street raising valuable funds for the appeal. We also held a tin in our own Squadron for any change cadets or staff had from our canteen.
Finally, both Cadets and Staff attended 3 Remembrance events to commemorate the day. This included 6 Staff and 11 Cadets attending the Festival of Remembrance at Durham Cathedral. This involved both cadets and staff being part of a large scale muster parade that marched throughout the Cathedral. We also attended Chester-Le-Street’s Remembrance Sunday Parade which takes place in the Market Place and involved organisations from across the Chester-Le-Street area. 29 cadets and 3 staff were on parade and received several compliments on their performance on the day. Finally, 3 Staff and 12 Cadets attended Chester-Le-Street’s Salvation Army Church, the home of our very own Padre, to pay our final respects of the weekend.
Flight Lieutenant Burton, Officer Commanding 1507 Squadron said, “I believe that it is important to ensure that my Cadets remember the sacrifice that those in our Armed Forces make, both past and present, that enable us to appreciate the freedoms we so freely enjoy today. Both my staff and Cadets are credit to the local area and I am always proud to show them off! I was particularly happy to receive many positive comments from members of the public. It was an honour to represent the Poppy Appeal in the Chester-Le-Street area this year and this experience has given me a new-found respect and appreciation for those who give up so much time to support such a deserving charity. Unfortunately, both Mark and I cannot sustain the role going forward but I would encourage anybody in the Chester-Le-Street area to take up the mantle in co-ordinating this appeal. 1507 will continue to support the Poppy Appeal going forward”
1507 Squadron is continually recruiting both new Cadets and Staff. If you are aged between 12 (year 8) and 16 for a Cadet or 20 years or over for staff, please contact us on 0191 3890949 for more information or go to www.1507.org.uk to register your details.