Vet­er­ans and cadets to­gether for pa­rade

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News - By BEN TRUSLOVE ben.truslove@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Et­ben­truslove

HON­OURED cadets helped vet­er­ans ded­i­cate the Queen’s Colours at a cer­e­mony.

The Langtoft, The Deep­ings and Dis­trict branch of the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion ded­i­cated the stan­dard at a ser­vice in Langtoft on Sun­day.

They in­vited the band of the 51 Or­ton Squadron (ATC) to ac­com­pany them on a pa­rade through the vil­lage be­fore a ded­i­ca­tion ser­vice was held in the church.

Thomas Brand is the hon­ourary sec­re­tary of the branch and the stan­dard bearer for the Queen’s Colours.

He said: “The cadets were great and played re­ally well, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing they only started prac­tis­ing for the day on Wed­nes­day.

“Ev­ery­one was re­ally pleased to have them there and we are hop­ing it can be a long-term as­so­ci­a­tion.

“To have 50 peo­ple come out for a lit­tle low-key event like that is su­perb.”

The branch did not have their own Queen’s Colours, more of­ten known as the Union Flag, and re­cently bought one.

It had to be ded­i­cated so it can be used at fu­ture events.

It was the first time the band had per­formed in public and it is hoped to be re­peated.

Natasha Rodinett, chair­man of the civil­ian com­mit­tee for the cadets, said: “It was a huge hon­our and it all went very well.”

The branch of the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion is ac­tively re­cruit­ing new mem­bers. For more in­for­ma­tion find the group on www.face­book.com

hon­our: The 51 Or­ton Squadron (ATC) band.

queen’s colours: Thomas Brand with the branch’s new stan­dard and Cadet Cor­po­ral Will Carr

stan­dards: Royal An­te­dilu­vian Or­der of Buf­faloes mem­bers Bob Buff, Pete Car­nell, Tony Car­ring­ton and Alan Brown on pa­rade

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