Show so special for local cadets
The last Wednesday in July is a fixed date in the diary of42F (King’s Lynn) Squadron Air Cadets. For many years they have been tasked with assisting at the annual Sandringham Flower Show.
It all started when the squadron was asked to help with parking the thousands of cars as they flocked on to the Royal Estate for the show. The job done, the cadets then formed an honour guard for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, the show’s patron.
Over the years, the cadets’ smartness, politeness and all round professionalism saw them increasingly asked to take on other important duties.
This year saw cadets car parking and others assisting at the Sandringham Association of Royal Warrant Holders’ tent.
On the arrival of the show’s current patrons, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, other cadets had the honour of lowering the Union flag and raising the Prince of Wales’ Standard.
Then as the royal couple toured the floral displays and various marquees, two cadets, Cadet Corporal Edward Spencer and Cadet Isaac Mayes were privileged to accompany them to assist with collecting the numerous gifts that well-wishers presented.
Before leaving the showground to return to Sandringham House, Prince Charles and the Duchess carried on the late Queen Mother’s tradition of talking to the cadets.
Julie Lister, committee honorary secretary said: “The show is a fantastic event. Visitors to our stand are always full of praise for our cadets. Sandringham is a showcase event not only for our 42F cadets but the whole Air Cadet organisation.”
Prince Charles meets the Cadets.